Rangers have received a boost in their pursuit of Dutch defender Danilho Doekhi, with Serie A side Napoli acting quickly to sign Manchester Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe on loan until the end of the season.

Napoli was also linked with Doekhi [DeGeldenlander], however, the move for the Man Utd player could put Rangers in the driving seat ahead of a busy January, with Napoli unlikely to add another centre back to their ranks, respite a shortage of defenders.

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Tuanzebe was set to spend the season on loan at Aston Villa but was recalled over a lack of playing time under former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, making just two substitute appearances since he took charge [ManchesterEveningNews].

This news will surely place the Ibrox side at the head of the queue for the Vitesse defender. With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, it remains to be seen whether the club will opt for a pre-contract agreement or try and tempt the Dutch side to sell during January.

With Rangers missing some defenders due to injuries, such as Filip Helander and Leon Balogun, with Niko Katic and Jack Simpson looking like they will be surplus to requirements, it would make sense to get the 23-year-old in as soon as possible.

With Giovanni van Bronckhorst making his first signing, with American James Sands joining the club on an 18-month loan deal, the ball is rolling and more transfer activity is expected.

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Signing the Eredivisie star would be a statement of intent, especially if we can fend off the interest from Napoli, it looks set to be an exciting few weeks ahead for the Ibrox side.

In other news, a former Rangers star has heaped praise on young midfielder Stephen Kelly as a loan deal looks imminent.

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