Rangers’ transfer latest: roundup

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So another week at Ibrox Towers is nearly complete, and after a bit of a lull in transfer rumours the speculation resumed. Some previously mentioned players looked closer, some looked further. And a new name or two cropped up as well. Of course. Here we present a player-by-player guide to all those linked over recent days. In no particular order.

Sone Aluko:

Former Rangers’ winger Aluko appeared more on social media than anything else, due to his freeing by Hull. This led to the usual 2+2=5 conclusions from the fanbase, but they were doused swiftly when Birmingham City quickly snapped him up 12 hours later.

Niko Kranjcar:

This one now appears a busted flush with the Croatian’s actress girlfriend putting her foot down and rejecting a move from USA to Scotland. Quite honestly who can blame her? The word from Kranjcar appears to have concurred and the former Spurs playmaker will not be joining the ranks at Ibrox.

Grant Hanley:

Blackburn Rovers’ 25-year old Scottish international keeps being touted with a switch to Glasgow, and it increased in volume lately. Nothing more concrete than speculation has ever linked Warbs’ with interest in him, but you never know.

Khalid Aucho:

The Ugandan midfielder has already become a cult hero and he has not even joined yet; his Kenyan side Gor Mahia’s chairman claims Rangers have indeed made an approach but nothing Govan side verifies this. The Aucho story is an odd one…

Fanendo Adi:

Rangers’ scouts were understood to have watched this Nigerian striker for the Portland Timbers recently, but his performance is said to have been less than impressive and nothing further has emerged.

Kolo Toure:

I nearly started with ‘the comedian who came up with this one’ but then I said the same about Joey Barton and look what happened there. Granted, Toure will be over £50K wages and probably expects more than the SPL after spending years in the EPL, but crazier things have happened. That said, this story is said to be a complete load of nonsense in any case.

Daniel Bentley:

The trail of the Southend United goalie has gone rather cold of late but that does not mean it is a goner. The English stopper has been on Rangers’ radar for a while now, and will stay there for the foreseeable future, one imagines.

Danny Graham:

Celtic are reportedly interested in the Blackburn striker’s signature, and Rangers’ pursuit of him seems to have withered away entirely.

Eitan Tibi:

A new name on the radar since this article went ‘on the air’, this Israeli international has supposedly been offered to Warbs. The 29-year old centre half plies his trade in Tel Aviv and at over 6ft would be a welcome addition to Rangers’ ranks if good enough. Obviously.

Ben Pringle:

The Express has been pushing this one for over a month now; 27 year old midfielder Pringle is not part of Fulham’s plans (on loan recently at Ipswich) and the press has him linked with a switch to Ibrox.

Dominic Ball:

A successful loan spell at Ibrox has led to claims Ball is to be snapped up permanently. We all know about the lad so whether we all rate him is another matter.

I guarantee I have omitted a few names, given the fact so many have been rumoured; feel free to add any significant exclusions to the usual place.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hopefully the news this morning is true regarding the tel aviv centre back Eitan Tibi. I'm frantically searching the net for any links to central defenders, that should be our priority signing.

    Would love to see the big Ugandan, Aucho sign up. Just for his presence alone. We are desperately lacking height in our ranks.

    We're pretty full in midfield though… Halliday, Holt, Barton, Rossiter, Forrester, Crooks, Shiels (if he's not been released), Burt and Thompson.

  2. Just reading your take on kolo toure , are we at the stage where we can [ or want] to slash out good money on OAPs when we could be spending this on youth, If as you say he would want £50k then we should politely say no, I think we should try for another Holt type player or maybe another loanee, We seem to have a good rapport with the North london teams surely we could get a defender from them

  3. Dom Ball on a permanent transfer, or even just a loan again. Gordon Greer to add back up and experience. I would also look into signing Isaac Hayden on loan from Arsenal. He just completed at season on loan at promoted Hull, 21 years old, experienced England youth international. Good size at 6'1" with speed and athleticism. Could do a job.

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