Rangers are ‘waiting in the wings’ for Sheffield United star John Lundstram, who is eyeing a bumper Ibrox contract, according to The Athletic.
The Gers were linked with the Premier League midfielder throughout the summer transfer window, with the Scottish Sun suggesting in September that they could look to snap him up on a pre-contract deal in January.
The 26-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season and after negotiations regarding an extension broke down, the Blades look set to lose him for nothing then, despite their reported willingness to listen to cash offers during the current window [Yorkshire Live].
The Athletic have added to the speculation that Lundstram could end up at Ibrox by claiming that Rangers are ‘waiting in the wings’ for the former Oxford United and Everton academy player.
However, his wage demands will be considerable.
It’s suggested that Lundstam wants a long-term deal worth around £40,000 per week to make the switch north of the border.
Rangers are currently relatively well-stocked in midfield with Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield and Joe Aribo all tied to the club for the foreseeable future.
However, Glen Kamara has been heavily linked with a move elsewhere, 36-year-old Steven Davis’ current deal expires in the summer and there is no obligation to make Bongani Zungu’s loan move from Amiens permanent.
Therefore, there could be room for a powerful player like Lundstram at Ibrox next season.
Given that the Englishman is in the prime of his career and would be moving from the Premier League, it’s unsurprising that his wage demands are set to be considerable.
Yet, the lack of a transfer fee could ensure that this would still be a financially viable deal.
Lundstram has made 12 appearances for Sheffield United this season but has been out of action since picking up a red card in a 1-1 draw at Brighton on 20 December.
The Blades star isn’t the only player the Light Blues are currently linked with, though, and an exciting attack-minded 20-year-old has suggested it would be a dream for him to move to a club like Rangers.