Rangers’ hopes of signing Steven Davis in January have been given a massive boost, as he’s also itching to get it done.
According to the Daily Record, the Northern Irishman wants a deal done as soon as possible. He’s apparently even been on the phone to international team-mate Gareth McAuley and asked if the spare room is ready.
Southampton are, of course, willing to allow Davis to leave for nothing despite him being under contract until the end of the season. This is due to the fact he’s given the Saints six years of terrific service.
Where there would initially be a stumbling block here is the player’s wages. Davis is on a reported £60k-per-week deal down at St Mary’s. But he’ll know fine well that Rangers can’t afford to match anywhere near that.
His love for the club and a desire to return could make those wage worries irrelevant. Davis has, in the past, stated that he would love a return to Ibrox, with Steven Gerrard also desperate to get a deal done.
A stunning career down south
Davis has, up until this point, had a stunning career down in the Premier League with the Saints. He’s managed over a fantastic 220 appearances at St Mary’s, and notched 14 goals.
This season, however, has certainly been one to forget for the Rangers fan-favourite. Yes, he’s only managed a poor six outings for the Saints this term under both Mark Hughes and Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Rangers are still lacking in the midfield despite Saturday’s Old Firm win. Whilst Ross McCrorie and Ryan Jack impressed against Celtic, more depth is needed. After Ovie Ejaria left the club earlier on this month, it’s left a gaping hole that Davis would more than fill.
There hasn’t been a more obvious deal for Rangers to get done than this one. The Northern Irishman will come back to a roaring welcome, despite the fact he was one of the players who jumped ship when liquidation arrived back in 2012.
Allan McGregor and Kyle Lafferty were two others who did likewise, however. A few good performances, and all that is evidently forgotten about.