Report makes £4.5m Rangers transfer claim as Gers beat Bundesliga sides to signing

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Report in £4.5m Rangers claim as Gers beat Bundesliga clubs to signing

Rangers will need to pay £4.5m to make James Sands’ move from MLS club NYCFC when the USA international’s loan deal comes to an end, according to a report.

Rangers reportedly held off competition from “several” Bundesliga clubs to land James Sands in January, with the defensive midfielder signing an 18-month Ibrox loan deal.

Now, journalist Tom Bogert is claiming that not only will it cost Rangers a cool $6m (£4.5m) to sign the player, but that he expects Rangers to cough up.

“Was told Rangers’ purchase clause for on-loan NYCFC and USMNT defender James Sands is $6 million. Dunno if there was a loan fee too or not,” said Bogert [Twitter].

“I would assume Rangers will trigger that. Think he’ll be really good this year.”

Rangers expected to cough up for James Sands

It’s certainly a sizeable chunk of change for the 21-year-old and time will tell whether or not Rangers opt to stump up the cash.

But what is clear is that James Sands is highly regarded in the US and somewhat in Europe so this is going to be a big season for the player.

Sands has had six months to settle into Scottish football and big things will now be expected of James if this is the kind of price tags which are being banded around.

A versatile defensive player who can play as a holding midfielder, a centre-back or even a right-back, Sands’ key attributes are a composure on the ball, ability to find a forward pass and a talent in the air.

The defender is also quick, covers a lot of ground, and is a strong tackler.

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Whilst it’s been hard for Sands to get a consistent run in the side, having only played 11 times since January, now is the time for the player to kick on and prove his value to the team.

Because if James Sands can’t show precisely why in the next year, then it’s hard to see Rangers stumping up such a fee.

Meanwhile, reports of a new deal for a Rangers veteran are wide of the mark, according to club insiders.

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