Rangers linked defender Morgan Fox has left Sheffield Wednesday to sign for Stoke City.

TEAMtallk reported back in May that the Gers were interested in swooping for the left-back on a possible free transfer at the end of the season.

Stoke confirmed that they had secured his signature on Friday afternoon, though, after he turned down a contract extension offer from the Owls.

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The former Wales U21 international started his career at Charlton Athletic before joining Wednesday in 2017.

He turned out 32 times in all competitions last season and Stoke manager Michael O’Neill is delighted to have brought him in.

 

“Morgan is a player who knows the Championship really well and at the age of 26 he’s still hungry to improve and play at a higher level,” he told Stokecityfc.com.

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“Left-back is an area we have been looking to strengthen and Morgan with his defensive acumen, athleticism and delivery from set-plays will be a great asset for us.”

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Rangers linked Fox joins Stoke City after three years with Sheffield Wednesday. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

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Fox is an experienced operator reaching the prime years of his career and given his contract situation, it’s easy to see why Rangers were allegedly monitoring him.

The original report came out when Steven Gerrard only had one out-and-out left-back – Borna Barisic – in his squad, but he has since strengthened in that area.

Calvin Bassey has joined from Leicester City and is set to serve as the backup to the Croatian international this season, as well as providing cover at centre-back.

Bassey’s inexperience makes him a slightly riskier acquisition than Fox but he performed well in pre-season.

Regardless, it’s unlikely at this stage of his career that Fox would have made the switch to Ibrox without the club making certain guarantees around his playing time.

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