Rangers are set to fight it out with Tottenham to land Wigan striker Kyle Joseph this summer, according to a report.

According to The Sun on Sunday (10/1; page 58), the Gers are preparing to swoop for the 19-year-old under freedom of contract and land him for a fraction of his value.

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Joseph celebrates scoring against Sunderland (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

Spurs tried to lure the teenage to London over the summer but the Scotland under-19 international snubbed the chance to move join Jose Mourinho’s side – as well as knocking back Sheffield United.

Joseph has scored four times in 11 League One appearances for the Latics this season and looks to have a bright future ahead of him regardless of where he ends up.

With Wigan still in financial difficulties, they need to move players on quickly so Rangers could even look to get their man later this month if a deal can be agreed.

 

At only 19, Joseph would likely join Kevin Thomson and Brian Gilmour’s B team initially – although he could join the first-team squad right awayand further bolster the Gers’ attacking options.

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Joseph in action for Wigan against Bristol Rovers (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

A move to Ibrox might actually appeal more to Joseph than the likes of Spurs as he will surely feel he has a better pathway to first-team football at Ibrox than he will in North London.

All focus is on Pittodrie this weekend for Rangers and, while the Gers will be without three key players, a transfer clause ensures that Aberdeen will also be understrength for the crunch Premiership clash.

 

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