The Daily Record reports that Rangers are set to announce a pre-contract deal for Nnamdi Ofoborh on deadline day before the player is loaned out elsewhere by Bournemouth.
21-year-old Ofoborh has been linked with the Gers for several weeks and his Cherries teammate Jack Simpson’s Ibrox pre-contract deal was announced last Thursday [Rangers.co.uk].
Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall confirmed last week that Ofoborh was also negotiating with Rangers and suggested that the announcement of a pre-contract deal was imminent [Scottish Sun].
Discussions have dragged on longer than initially anticipated but the Daily Record reports that the deal is set to be announced before tonight’s deadline.
It had previously been suggested that the Gers could pay a fee to bring Ofoborh to Ibrox immediately, but it’s now claimed that that is unlikely, with the player instead set to be loaned out by Bournemouth until the end of the season.
The Nigeria youth international spent last season in League One with Wycombe Wanderers and it’s said that multiple EFL third-tier sides are competing to bring him in.
Rangers haven’t yet made any traditional January transfer signings, but if a pre-contract deal for Ofoborh is confirmed today, he will be the third player after Simpson and Scott Wright of Aberdeen to commit his future to Ibrox.
It’s clear that Steven Gerrard is keen to put things in place ahead of next season with the club likely to sell some assets over the summer in order to balance the books.
Jack Simpson could join the Gers ahead of schedule on deadline day, though, with the player reportedly on his way to Glasgow.