Rangers look to have been dealt a transfer blow in their bid to bring Scott Wright to Ibrox this month after Aberdeen reportedly ruled out a player swap [Daily Record].
On Monday morning, the Gers officially announced that a pre-contract agreement had been struck with Wright, who, as things stand, will join the club on a three-year deal in the summer.
Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson had plenty of praise for Wright and many supporters were delighted with the news.
It’s thought that the negotiations aren’t over yet, though, with the club exploring the potential to actually bring Wright to Ibrox before the end of the month, in a similar fashion to how Glen Kamara’s transfer from Dundee played out in January 2019.
It had been suggested that either Greg Stewart or Jordan Jones could head the other way in a player swap [Glasgow Live].
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However, the Daily Record reports that after discussions between Steven Gerrard and Derek McInnes, the Dons have ruled out a player trade.
Instead, it’s claimed that Rangers will need to stump up a sizeable cash offer if they want to secure Wright for the remaining months of the campaign.
It’s further stated that the 23-year-old Pittodrie academy product is happy to see out his Aberdeen contract and won’t attempt to force through an immediate transfer.
Player swaps are relatively rare in the modern game, with no such deals taking place since Gerrard’s arrival at Ibrox as manager.
It might have worked well in this instance for Rangers, though, given that neither Stewart nor Jones have featured since well before the turn of the year.
The requirement for a cash offer will test just how much Gerrard wants Wright in Glasgow immediately but with the potential to slash the £350,000 fee owed by the Dons for the transfer of Ross McCrorie in the summer, it’s still possible that the pacy attacker could move this month without the Gers making an actual payment.
Rangers are in action against Hibernian on Wednesday night and a controversial referee has been appointed for the clash.