Nine players linked with Rangers ahead of the January transfer window - and possible departures
Beale had plenty to get his teeth into during the World Cup break as he assesses a bloated squad but one which has been hit with numerous injuries, many of which have been long-term, including Ianis Hagi, Filip Helander, Kemar Roofe and John Souttar. The likes of Connor Goldson, Ben Davies and Tom Lawrence have missed large chunks.
It was confirmed that there would be scope for the new manager to bring in new players in January but as of yet there has not been anything which can be described as concrete. There has been plenty of focus on individuals who could leave. There has been reported interest in Glen Kamara but Beale admitted that the player is too good for those who have been touted as possible bidders. There has also been a lot of talk around the futures of Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos. Both are in the final year of their respective contracts but the manager has spoken of his desire to keep both.
Regarding incomings, here are nine players who have been linked with an Ibrox switch...
Former Hibs manager Jim Duffy raised plenty of eyebrows recently when he revealed that Rangers were keen on Ryan Porteous having heard it on the grapevine. The Easter Road star is set to depart the Hibees, most likely in January, after the club confirmed the player had turned down a lucrative contract extension. Due to the centre-back’s chequered past with the Ibrox club such a move would certainly go down as a shock. The Scotsman recently reported, however, there has been no official approach made and it is understood a move to Rangers is very unlikely. There is reported interest in the English Championship and Italy.
The 23-year-old Algerian is one of the most highly-rated individuals in his homeland with a string of excellent performances for ES Seif who sit fourth in the top flight. Kendouci, a versatile playmaker, leads the scoring charts with eight goals, three more than anyone else. There is understood to be interest from Egypt. A move away fell through last year and he is reported to be available for a small seven-figure sum.
The Hearts starlet is very highly rated at Tynecastle Park and is reportedly attracting interest from Celtic and Rangers, as well as down south, including Manchester United. Not yet 16, he won the club's academy player of the year last season. Hearts sporting director Joe Savage revealed at the club’s AGM that they “are doing our best to make sure he sees the pathway is here and he can break into the first-team”.
The Scotland and Norwich City midfielder is one of those names constantly linked with a move to Ibrox and his boyhood club. The former St Mirren and Aberdeen star has been at Carrow Road since 2018, playing nearly 138 games across the Championship, Premier League and domestic cups. Any talk of a move to Rangers in January was silenced when he committed his future to the Canaries last month, signing an extension until 2025. However, he has admitted that he would be open to playing for Rangers one day, revealing he is likely to return to Glasgow. He told the Talk Norwich City podcast: "Would I love it one day? Of course. If you're brought up and that's who you support, then of course I would. My family would be over the moon."
The 22-year-old is a reported target of both Celtic and Rangers with talk of a bid of £5million. The 22-year-old forward was part of the Ghana World Cup squad. Capable of playing in different attacking roles, his goalscoring record is not prolific with just 17 goals in 117 appearances for Bristol City.
This may be a case of outlets adding two to two. Michael Beale has left Queens Park Rangers and Rangers are now being linked with the totemic striker. The 27-year-old Scotland striker has six goals in 22 appearances this season in the English second tier and 27 in 102 games since joining the Loftus Road side. He would certainly provide Rangers with a different forward option. He caused plenty of trouble when Livingston striker and has done likewise for Scotland. A move to Ibrox is, however, unlikely.
The 21-year-old is a versatile left-sided player who has come to prominence under the management of Mark Fotheringham. It is that flexibility which has helped him become a key player and have a £1.5million price tag put on him amidst links to Ibrox. It is hard to see where he fits in at Ibrox considering the formation and the number of left-back options.
With nine goals in 22 league appearances so far, Yates is likely to be key to Blackpool’s survival this season with the Seasiders sitting 23rd in the English second tier but just two points from safety. His importance can be seen by how much he is valued by his club with the Blackpool Gazette reporting it would take a £5million fee to prise him away. The 26-year-old is also said to be interesting West Brom.
The German-born striker has been very loosely linked to Rangers with Brighton & Hove Albion set to put him out on loan. He cost £6million back in January, only to be loaned back to Belgian outfit Union Saint-Gilloise who Rangers defeated earlier this year in the Champions League knockout stages. Undav arrived at Brighton in the summer but has managed just one start and 171 minutes, notching once in the League Cup. QPR as well as clubs in Turkey are understood to be keen.
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