Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has hinted that the club may make a permanent move for Ianis Hagi when his loan from Genk expires in the summer, as captured by Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old only signed for the Belgian club ahead of the current season for £4 million from Viitorul Constanta [BBC Sport] but they are already willing to part with him, as Rangers have stated that they have an exclusive option to buy [Rangers.co.uk].
HLN reports that a fee of €5 million or around £4.2 million would be enough to secure his transfer.
Hagi starred for the Gers in a 3-2 comeback win over Braga in the Europa League on Thursday night, and when asked about his showing, McAllister suggested a deal could be in the pipeline.
“The thing is, if the lad keeps performing, it’s something you’ve got to be looking at I would imagine,” he said with a smile, as captured by Sky Sports.
“I think the manager has the final say on that, but the thing is he’s impressed all of us so far. We just want to keep this young man going, keep his confidence high and keep encouraging him to do the things that he’s good at.
“If you’re a player last night and you’d scored a couple of goals in front of 50,000 fans and they’re singing your name, I think he’s enjoying it.”
Bears will no doubt be excited by these comments from McAllister, as it looks as though a permanent deal for Hagi is very much on the cards.
He was more or less thrown straight into the team after his deadline day arrival and he’s already come up trumps in two big games.
He grabbed a late winner against Hibs at Ibrox at the start of the month and then netted a brace to start and finish a dramatic Europa League comeback against Braga.
Hagi is still young, raw and something of a maverick. Not everything he tries is going to come off.
Yet, he’s already shown glimpses of what he’s capable of and his European heroics have certainly endeared him to the Ibrox faithful.
Over £4 million would be a sizeable outlay, but if he thrives between now and the end of the season, a permanent switch would surely be pushed through.