The Express and Star reports that Rangers approached the agent of West Brom starlet, Rayhaan Tulloch, last month, about a potential pre-contract move.

The forward, who only turned 19 at the end of January, has made two recent appearances for the Baggies.

Tulloch in Premier League 2 action for the Baggies. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images)

He turned out in consecutive 1-0 away wins in the FA Cup against Charlton and West Ham, adding to two previous first-team outings, which came in the same competition last season.

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Perhaps of more relevance, though, is his strong record in Premier League 2 Division 2. He’s scored an impressive nine goals and registered four assists in 14 games for West Brom U23s this campaign.

The player’s current deal is set to expire in the summer and it’s suggested the Gers registered an interest in exploiting the cross-border loophole to secure a bargain pre-contract deal.

They aren’t the only club credited with an interest, though. English sides Sunderland, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Aston Villa are all also linked.

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The Express and Star claims that Tulloch has rejected an initial offer to extend his stay at the Hawthorns, prompting the Baggies to table a second, improved deal, that is currently under consideration.

The Rangers linked West Brom attacker has England youth international experience.
(Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

It was a quiet transfer window for Rangers in terms of incomings, until deadline day, when both Ianis Hagi and Florian Kamberi joined the club.

 

However, it seems the Gers may well have been working towards some longer-term targets in the background.

Given that Tulloch is so inexperienced at first-team level, it’s unlikely that he was being looked at as a potential key player for next season.

However, it makes sense that the club would be targeting up and coming forwards.

The arrival of Kamberi ensures there are now three senior strikers in the squad, but at 37, Jermain Defoe isn’t going to be around forever.

Furthermore, there’s a dearth of out-and-out forwards at Colts level. The likes of Andrew Dallas, Zak Rudden and Ryan Hardie have all been moved on over the last year, and Dapo Mebude and Nathan Young-Coombes are the only two remaining with any substantial Development team experience.

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