Michael Beale has pretty much confirmed Rangers are interested in Tom Davies and Todd Cantwell, two midfielders both at 24 years of age, in a move which would spell the end of any interest in the likes of Billy Gilmour et al, and would be potentially replacements for Glen Kamara and the stricken Steven Davis.
Rangers’ midfield isn’t in too bad in terms of the current options – John Lundstram is playing solidly, and Ryan Jack is doing better with each passing match, but the listless Kamara is the only bench option and Rangers need more.
Enter Davies and Cantwell, both out of contract this summer and with a staggering combined market value of around £20M, making them lucrative Bosmans if Rangers have any serious chance of securing them.
Davies is currently with Everton and has 9 appearances this season, plus a deeply impressive 145 in the Premier League total, while Cantwell hails from Norwich and is basically a first-pick at Carrow Road. He has a very solid 45 appearances in the Premier League.
Beale’s praise of both players in recent media blurbs did add fuel to the fire of the club’s interest in both players, and we’d have to say both would be exceptional additions if we could pull them off.
Style? Cantwell is versatile, more of a left midfielder than central but happy in both, and he’s very robust and plays the game honestly. Think of a younger Scott Arfield but naturally deeper.
Davies? He’s very similar to Gilmour – a forward thinking deep lying midfielder who sees the game around him and can use space and vision to make the right passing decision – he just lacks a little spot of drive forward.
Both are top talents and no denying if Rangers can get either or even both, it would be a brilliant start to the window which has seen very little action. The fact Michael Beale was happy to discuss both players so vividly hints at genuine interest in them and if a deal can be done, Rangers’ midfield would suddenly be absolutely chock-full of quality players.
This is one to watch.