Rangers have opened transfer talks with exciting USA international James Sands and discussions are ‘advancing well’, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gers were first credited with interest in Sands late last month by Tutto Mercato and the links have been gathering momentum in recent days.
Sands is contracted to New York City FC until 2026, but the MLS club’s Sporting Director, David Lee, has already suggested that they won’t stand in his way if an opportunity to join a big European club arises [The Athletic].
Rangers in transfer talks with USA international
And now, the Daily Mail reports that talks are underway and progressing well, with Rangers ‘looking to agree a loan for the rest of this season and next’.
Sands has made a total of 76 appearances for NYCFC and has been capped seven times by the United States at senior international level.
He’s already won silverware at both club and international level, helping Ronny Deila-managed NYCFC to MLS Cup glory last month and winning the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the USA in the summer.
Would Sands be a good addition for Gers?
As a versatile player capable of playing in a number of positions including centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield, Sands would provide Gio van Bronckhorst with plenty of options.
The concept of a 1.5-year loan is an unusual one but if no transfer fee has to be paid to secure a talented young international for that period of time then its a no-brainer for Rangers.
Given that the 21-year-old has never played club football outside of the US, it’s likely that he’ll take some time to adjust to the Premiership.
However, he could initially provide much-needed cover at centre-back and right-back, areas of some concern given injury and contract issues and the seemingly imminent departure of Nathan Patterson.