Rangers have made a move to sign Hearts rising star James Wilson – and ruffled a few Tynecastle feathers in the process.

The Ibrox club have prepared an offer for the young striker ahead of his 16th birthday with Hearts reportedly “powerless” to resist as the Gers target the player.

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That’s according to the Daily Record, who claim the Jambos are still hopeful that James Wilson will sign a new deal with them rather than be lured in by Rangers.

Despite the resistance, Hearts have given Rangers permission to speak with James Wilson and any transfer would see the Tynecastle side compensated with a small fee.

Despite his tender years, Wilson has already been involved in the Hearts U18s side and is widely regarded as one of the country’s top young striking prospects.

James Wilson the latest Rangers Academy target

The report claims that Rangers’ interest comes off the back of the club’s long-term investment plans into their Academy and it follows a summer of substantial youth recruitment.

Rangers added the likes of Kieron Willox (ICT), Connor Young (Hibs), Lancelot Pollard (Aberdeen), Cameron Cooper (Partick Thistle) and Bailey Rice (Motherwell) from clubs around Scotland only a few months ago.

There is real hope that these players can make the grade at Rangers and be part of an Academy golden generation which delivers both on the pitch and financially through sales for the Glasgow giants.

James Wilson may well be the latest name in a potentially long line of players who join Rangers from rival clubs and links to Hearts talent come at an interesting time for the club.

Sporting director Ross Wilson spoke at the AGM about the need to boost the homegrown quota for the European squad and long-term, developing players in the Academy does just that.

But does the Ibrox recruitment chief’s comments drop a hint regarding one surprise Premiership Rangers link?

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