As Rangers prepare to enter the January transfer window four high-profile targets from 2020 will be available on pre-contract deals.

The Ibrox side have been linked with four players south of the border who are about to enter the final six months of their deals, meaning Rangers will be free to negotiate a contract with them this week.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be weighing up a variety of permanent, short-term and pre-contract deals this January. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Whilst this means the players wouldn’t realistically move to Ibrox until the end of the season, striking a deal early may also help convince these teams to let their players move via cut-price fees.

Perhaps the most prominent of all these reported targets is that of Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram.

Blades boss Chris Wilder has admitted that the powerful box-to-box midfielder is likely to leave Bramall Lane in January despite the club’s best efforts [Sky Sports] and Rangers have been routinely linked.

First said to be watching the 26-year-old via the Athletic, Lundstram would add power, goals and quality from midfield.

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Another midfielder Rangers have been linked with is Preston star Daniel Johnson, for whom the Ibrox side are said to have had a £1.5m bid rejected in the summer [Lancashire Live].

The Jamaican playmaker is yet to sign a new deal at Deepdale but it remains unclear if the Gers will revisit their interest in the ex-Aston Villa man.

 

Rangers have also been linked with moves for two wide players currently plying their trade down south who will soon be available on pre-contract terms.

One-time £12m Newcastle United man Jacob Murphy has been in and out of Steve Bruce’s side this season and Rangers have been routinely linked to the 25-year-old [Chronicle].

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Rangers have been linked with a move for Jacob Murphy since the summer. (Photo by Newcastle United/Newcastle United via Getty Images )

The Magpies splashed out so much on the ex-Norwich forward for a reason and if the Gers can move for Murphy for next to nothing it could prove to be a major bargain.

Rangers have also been linked with a move for QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, with both the Gers and Celtic staking a claim for the talented Nigerian-born star [Scottish Sun].

QPR want to keep him – and Celtic are reportedly keen on a January move – but Rangers have struck it rich with pre-contract moves for Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey in the past.

It’s a route well-travelled for young players down south and Osayi-Samuel might well point to their success as a reason for choosing Rangers.

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Bright Osayi-Samuel is reportedly being monitored by Rangers. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Whilst it’s not clear what the Gers’ intentions are this January, all four of these players certainly appear to fit the bill on paper and would make cost-effective signings across the board.

Not that Rangers aren’t planning on making January moves this year – the deal to bring a young South American talent to the side is reportedly “90%” done.

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