St Johnstone star Ali McCann, a midfielder many Rangers fans want at Ibrox, is available for £1m but is being targeted by Stoke, Hull and Swansea, according to a Sun on Sunday [27/06, page 61] report.
McCann played against the Gers on five occasions last season and caught the eye of plenty of Bears.
In May, more fans praised the 21-year-old and urged the club to swoop after he starred in the Saints’ Scottish Cup final win over Hibernian, the second domestic cup final triumph he was involved in last season.
The Light Blues haven’t been formally linked to McCann, but it looks as though he could be available on the cheap.
Last month, amid reported interest from Celtic, Saints chairman Steve Brown said that the Northern Ireland international would only leave McDiarmid Park for a fee in excess of their current record sale of £1.75m [Independent].
However, Alan Nixon has claimed in the Sun on Sunday [27/06, page 61] that McCann is actually available for a lot less.
It’s asserted that he could move on for as little as £1m this summer, with EFL Championship clubs Stoke, Hull and Swansea all interested.
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill knows the midfielder from his time as Northern Ireland manager and it’s claimed that the Potters are currently trying to raise the required cash to table a bid.
Rangers should swoop
£1m would be a bargain price for a young player with the kind of ability McCann possesses and this is something the Gers should surely be investigating.
The Edinburgh-born baller isn’t physically imposing but he has an impressive passing range, a lot of composure and experience of winning trophies.
Steven Gerrard needs reinforcements in midfield due to Ryan Jack’s injury history and because Bongani Zungu has returned to parent club Amiens, and McCann would be an excellent apprentice for the brilliant but ageing Steven Davis.
One player who definitely won’t be heading to Ibrox this summer is a rapid Ibrox-linked winger who has officially joined another club.