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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 December, 2003, 14:06 GMT
Brown warning for Rangers
Sheff Utd midfielder Michael Brown
Michael Brown is a Rangers target
Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has warned Rangers he is considering the sale of Michael Brown to the highest bidder when the transfer window opens.

The Scottish champions have requested talks with the midfielder and are keen to arrange a pre-contract agreement that will see the midfielder move to Ibrox in the summer.

Warnock is resigned to losing the 25-year-old, who scored 22 goals last season, and his preference is for Brown to stay until the end of the season.

But if the Bramall Lane club receive a cash offer for the player, who was dropped for Tuesday's win over Walsall and has been sent off twice this season, they may be tempted to cash in.

Money is tight at Rangers, who crashed out of Europe after a home loss to Panathinaikos on Tuesday.

And if any money is made available to Ibrox boss Alex McLeish in January, he is thought to be keen on landing a striker.

"I have told Browny we want to keep him until the summer," said Warnock.

"I would like him to go to Rangers as I think he would do well in Scotland. I think it would help him as a player and he would also get to play in Europe.

"Rangers have sent us a letter saying they want to talk to him and there is nothing we can do to stop them anyway.

"But there are a couple of Premiership clubs who are interested or at least toying with the idea of signing him.

"If an offer came in to sell him in January it would depend on the offer but I would consider it."

Brown has been hampered by injury and suspension this term and he has only found the net twice in 15 outings.

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