Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson could well be weighing up whether to accept a lucrative contract in the Premier League, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The former Aston Villa forward says the fact that Goldson has let his current deal run down into its final nine months could suggest he is eyeing a move down south. West Ham have been regularly mentioned as a potential destination and Agbonlahor suggests he could earn double his current salary by agreeing to leave on a free transfer:
“These players, when they’re doing well, they’re going to try and maximise their earnings. They will hear about the crazy money flying about in the Premier League. That’s why Odsonne Edouard left Celtic, that’s why Ryan Christie left for Bournemouth because they will offer more money than Celtic.”
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Goldson and his agents are looking at it and thinking ‘maybe Rangers can pay £20,000-£30,000-a-week, but maybe we can get £50,000-a-week in the Premier League.’ You can’t really blame the player. At his age, it could be his last big deal so he’s got to maximise his earnings.”
Agbonlahor does seem to be plucking those figures out of the air but his point about earning more money in England is a legitimate one. It will be up to Goldson to decide whether he wants to stay and win more trophies or leave and earn a big payday.
At the moment, everything remains clouded in uncertainty. It must be said that the player has no obligation to tell Rangers that he is negotiating with other clubs from January onwards so it could be a long wait until we find out more about the defender’s future.