Rumour Mill: Rotherham give up on Scott Allan | Rangers chase Spurs striker

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ROTHERHAM have dropped out of the chase for Hibernian star Scott Allan, Swansea City are the latest English Premier League club to show an interest in Virgil van Dijk, and Rangers are close to agreeing a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to take young striker Nathan Oduwa on loan.

Alan Stubbs: Wouldn’t sell Scott Allan for £850k

Alan Stubbs has reiterated Hibernian’s refusal to sell Scott Allan to Rangers by insisting even a more luxurious offer of, for example, £850,000 would still not tempt them to sell the player.

Hibs have been unmoved in their stance despite four reported bids from the Ibrox club and the player handing in a transfer request as he attempts to engineer a move to his boyhood heroes.

“Not for sale is not for sale,” Stubbs said. “Scott Allan is one of the most prestigious talents in Scottish football at this moment in time. Why would we accept £850,000 when you’ve got someone who goes to another club for over
£1 million?” (The Scotsman)

Rotherham give up in hunt for Scott Allan

Scott Allan: wanted man. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scott Allan: wanted man. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Rotherham boss Steve Evans admits his club have begun looking at other targets after it emerged Scott Allan would not be open to a move to the South Yorkshire club.

It is understood the English Championship club were close to agreeing a fee with Hibs but dropped their interest when it became apparent Allan did not want to return south of the border.

Evans said: “We have removed ourselves from the process. If he doesn’t want to be with us, we have to move on.” (Daily Express)

Rangers close to deal for Spurs striker

Rangers are close to signing Tottenham Hotspur teenager Nathan Oduwa on a season long loan.

The 19-year-old striker spent part of last season on loan at Luton Town and has made two appearances for the England under-18s side.

Mark Warburton has already expressed his intent to utilise the loan market in order to strengthen his squad at Ibrox, and the new Rangers boss is said to have a good relationship with Tottenham having snagged Alex Pritchard on a year’s loan deal while at Brentford last season. (Scottish Sun)

Swansea join hunt for Virgil van Dijk

Swansea have joined fellow English Premier League side Southampton in the battle to sign Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

The South Coast club reportedly made an offer of £7million earlier this week, a rumour later rubbished by Hoops boss Ronny Deila who also derided the quoted fee.

With Arsenal and Manchester United also said to be monitoring the player, Swansea are considering making an offer in the hope of bringing the highly-rated player to Wales. (South Wales Evening Post)

Warburton sales up 10 per cent in Glasgow

Sales of Warburton’s bread have risen by 10 per cent in Glasgow since Mark Warburton took over the reins at Ibrox.

At the first game of the season, where Rangers travelled to Easter Road to meet Hibs, a young fan was spotted holding a folded empty package as a makeshift banner, and it would seem other supporters have followed suit by picking Warburton’s loaves from the supermarket shelves.

A spokeswoman told the Scottish Sun: “We put this down to great taste rather than just the influence of Mark Warburton — but who knows?” (Daily Mail)

Untagged Paul McGowan free to play in Dundee derby

Paul Hartley has welcomed Paul McGowan back into the fold after his restriction of liberty order ended earlier this week, but warned the midfielder that he might have to wait to reclaim a starting place.

While McGowan was still able to play despite wearing an ankle tag, a curfew imposed on him from 7pm to 7am left him unavailable for evening matches. It also meant he was unable to join the Dundee party on their pre-season trip to Hungary.

A regular last season, McGowan started the current league campaign on the bench in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Kilmarnock. (The Scotsman)