Rangers have beaten a trio of Premier League clubs to the signing of Liverpool-born highly-rated teenage Blackpool striker Tony Weston, according to reports.
The Athletic have led with a report on the striker joining Ibrox for a fee in the region of £250k with Leeds United, Southampton and Everton also interested in the player.
The report has since been repeated in Blackpool local paper the Gazette which is known to cover the Seasiders extensively.
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From scoring in the opening fixture to making his first-team debut in the FA Cup, it has certainly been a season to remember for Tony Weston.
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Weston, 16, is a very highly rated English youth talent and his signing could well be considered a coup for the Ibrox club.
The striker can’t sign a professional deal with Blackpool until he turns 17 in September.
But Scottish rules allow youngsters north of the border to sign professional terms at 16.
According to the Athletic Weston grew up four doors away from Steven Gerrard’s childhood home with the pull of the Ibrox gaffer being enough to convince Weston his future should be at Rangers.
However, the report admits that Weston is yet to speak to Gerrard about moving to Glasgow, suggesting the youngster will be tasked with making an impression in the Academy first.
Speaking to the Gazette, Blackpool boss Simon Grayson raved about the impact the youngster made when coming to train with the first team.
“He’s got so much enthusiasm. The lads were watching what he was doing, where his pure enthusiasm and love of being a professional footballer is at the front of his mind,” said Grayson [Gazette].
“He’s got 30-year-old lads behind him in the warm-up and I’ve never known a 16- year-old lead with stuff like that.
“He’s got confidence in his ability and it’s great for him.”
Weston made his debut as a substitute in Blackpool’s 3-1 win over Maidstone in the FA Cup last season.
The young striker would be Rangers’ fifth signing of the transfer window after Ianis Hagi, Calvin Bassey, Jon McLaughlin and Leon Balogun.