Everton have confirmed the imminent release of Rangers linked midfielder Muhamed Besic, while Norway international Josh King is also available on a free.
Besic was linked with a loan switch to Ibrox in October 2020, during the final stages of the last summer transfer window [Glasgow Times].
Steven Gerrard responded to the rumours at the time but while he rubbished claims that the player had travelled to Glasgow for a medical, he didn’t deny interest [Glasgow Live].
The Gers subsequently brought in Bongani Zungu on loan from Amiens and Besic stayed put at Goodison Park, although he didn’t make the Everton first-team squad for a single match all season.
In a squad update published on Friday afternoon, the Toffees confirmed that the 28-year-old’s seven-year stint at the club would end when his contract expires at the end of this month.
🔵 | We can today confirm the players set to leave #EFC when their current contracts expire at the end of the month.
We wish to thank all departing players for their contributions throughout their time at the Club.
— Everton (@Everton) June 4, 2021
He’s therefore available on a free transfer and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not the Gers revive their interest, with midfield an area in need of strengthening.
Besic is a tough-tackling deep-lying midfielder who has been capped 45 times at senior international level by Bosnia and Herzegovina. He lists Rangers’ partners Hamburger SV and Hungarian side Ferencváros as well as Middlesbrough and Sheffield United (both loans) as former clubs.
The Gers’ interest may also be piqued by the availability of Josh King, who is also set to be released after just a six-month stint on Merseyside.
The 29-year-old Norwegian striker failed to score during his brief stint but has 48 Premier League goals to his name from his time at Bournemouth as well as 17 at senior international level.
Rangers could certainly do worse than bringing in a player of his pedigree on a free this summer.