STEVEN Gerrard last night warned Premier League club Brighton it will cost them “an awful lot of money” to land Rangers captain James Tavernier in the January transfer window.

Brighton are reported to be preparing an offer for the right back who helped Rangers romp to a 3-1 win over Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Hearts at Ibrox yesterday afternoon.

But Gerrard told Brighton chief executive Paul Barber he will have to break the bank if he wants to take the former Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic defender to the Falmer Stadium.

“I know the CEO at Brighton very well,” he said. “I used to work alongside him at the FA. He’s got my number and he knows where I am. But he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier.

“That goes for any CEO, any owner, any club that wants my captain. They best go to the bank and get an awful lot of money out - or he’s not going.

“I would be surprised if teams don’t come (for Tavernier) because he’s been absolutely fabulous for me.

“Every player has their price, but if the price is not right then he does not go anywhere. He stays as my captain.

“Every single one of my players is for sale. They have all got a price. But they are not the old prices. It’s the new prices. So if you want them then come with loads of money.”