Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall has provided an update on Nnamdi Ofoborh and Jack Simpson amid Rangers transfer interest in the duo [Bournemouth Echo].
21-year-old midfielder Ofoborh and 24-year-old defender Simpson are both out of contract at the end of the season and the Daily Record reported over the weekend that both had agreed pre-contract deals with the Gers.
Tindall insists that isn’t the case but he has confirmed that Rangers have approached both players and hinted that there could be developments in the coming days.
“Stevie Gerrard did make contact with me a few days ago,” confirmed Tindall [Bournemouth Echo]. “They are free to talk to teams due to their contract situation and Rangers are in a position to be able to do that now.”
“Nothing has been finalised as yet in terms of ‘are they signed, or are they going to be signing there?’ But they are in a position to talk to them – to see what the opportunities might be for them in the future at Rangers Football Club.”
When asked if there was a chance of Ofoborh and Simpson staying at the Vitality Stadium, Tindall said that Bournemouth had been speaking to the duo for a “number of weeks” regarding their futures but there was an acceptance that given their contract situations, interest from elsewhere was inevitable.
“What happens now moving forward, we will have to wait and see in the next few days,” he added.
Rangers are clearly preparing for the future, with a pre-contract agreement confirmed for Aberdeen’s Scott Wright, new deals awarded to promising teenagers Nathan Patterson and Kai Kennedy, and contact made regarding the Bournemouth pair.
Both players are still relatively inexperienced at senior level, although Ofoborh benefitted from a full campaign on loan at Wycombe in League One last season, while Simpson has made 12 appearances in all competitions so far this term.
It sounds as though the Cherries haven’t given up hope of holding on to one or both players but with European football on offer at Ibrox, the Gers will likely feel confident about their chances of pulling off a double swoop.
Rangers’ bid to bring Scott Wright to Ibrox this month may have hit a snag, though, after Aberdeen reportedly rejected a quirky transfer option.