Chase on for Holmes

Tranmere defender in demand

Danny Holmes: Attracting the interest of a number of clubs after impressing for Tranmere

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Sky Sports understands a host of clubs are chasing the signature of highly-rated Tranmere defender Danny Holmes.

Holmes has impressed for Tranmere this season and his performances have not gone unnoticed among clubs higher up the football pyramid.

The 23-year-old is out of contract this summer and a number of sides are waiting in the wings to land the full-back on a free transfer.

Rangers had lined up a deal for Holmes, but the move has stalled because of the club's well-documented financial problems.

Old Firm rivals Celtic and Liverpool have also shown an interest in Holmes, but the player's agent, Jonathan Hope, admits the player might be best served to move elsewhere to ensure he is playing regular first-team football before making the step up to the Premier League in the future.

"I am currently exploring options for Danny and it's a massive shame that Glasgow Rangers went into crisis or he would have been there in my opinion next season," Hope told skysports.com.

"Tranmere Rovers wouldn't stand in his way to step up a level to improve his career as he has been having an absolute cracking season and thanks has to go to them for that.

"I had a call from Glasgow Celtic in regards to Danny's availability and Liverpool have not ruled out a move for the youngster.

"I have to be realistic and put Danny at the right level so he is guaranteed game time.

"There is no point in putting him up in the Premier League when he is still developing.

Talks

"I have now opened talks with three Championship clubs and a top League One.

"It's just initial talks at the minute so what I'll do is wait till something further develops before going public.

"Danny Holmes will eventually play in the Premier League, as he is developing at a very fast rate through true professionalism.

"We speak every day on his future and I would love to have seen him in a Rangers shirt next year, but unless the crisis is over at Ibrox then that won't be the case.

"Danny has supported Tranmere all his life but I don't believe the fans would complain about a boy furthering his career."