Scouted by Rangers as a prolific forward who is also coveted by EPL and Bundesliga sides, Brandon Vazquez is planning a move to Europe

RANGERS are one of several top European clubs who have sent scouts to watch rising MLS star Brandon Vazquez in action.

The Ibrox side reviewed the 6ft 2in FC Cincinnati frontman, who scored 18 goals in 32 MLS regular season starts last season — one more followed in the playoffs.

FC Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez celebrates a goal against Nashville SC


FC Cincinnati’s Brandon Vazquez celebrates a goal against Nashville SC
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The star is bullied by his teammatesPhoto credit: Reuters

While the 24-year-old has scored just one goal in the early stages of the new MLS season, he has already helped the Ohio side climb to the top of the Eastern Conference.

And he scored on his debut for the US national team in a 2-1 friendly defeat by Serbia in January.

The really bad news for Ibrox fans is that last August he was persuaded to write a contract extension until 2025, with the club having an option for a further year.

And that could take him out of Rangers’ price range – although it might not deter deep-pocketed Premier League sides.

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Current Gers boss Michael Beale took over in November – around the time the previous MLS season was coming to an end.

Crystal Palace, Everton and Bournemouth are among those credited with an interest by yesterday.

Ambitious Championship teams Sheffield United, Norwich and Middlesbrough are also said to be interested in the player.

And Vazquez himself admits he’s dying to play football in Europe.

He recently said: “Of course I’ve wanted to go to Europe all my life.

“And that’s definitely the next step I want to take.

“But nothing is certain, so I know I just have to keep doing my job here in Cincinnati, and if that’s going to happen, then it’s going to happen.

“But right now I’m just focused on improving every day.”

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