Rangers close in on Liverpool pair as McClean vies for Celtic move: Old Firm transfer rumours
Rangers' summer transfer business is going to be the subject of much speculation - as is to be expected if you name a legend of the game like Steven Gerrard as your new manager.
Last week, we had the link to five players with Premiership experience - now the club are said to be closing in on two players with close links to Liverpool.
One of those is still at Anfield; 21-year-old midfielder Harry Wilson. The Wales international is close to agreeing a one-year loan move to Ibrox, according to the Daily Record. Wilson spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship club Hull City, where he scored seven goals in 11 league starts. Wilson has made just one senior appearance for the Reds, a substitute outing in a 1-0 win over Plymouth in the FA Cup last year. The report claims that Rangers will shell out £250,000 plus penalties if Wilson doesn't play enough games during his spell north of the border but will have to beat Hull to secure his signature
Wilson could be joined in a blue shirt next season by Gerrard's former Liverpool team-mate Martin Skrtel. The Scottish Sun claims that a deal is almost agreed to bring the centre-back in on a three-year-contract for £2.7m from Fenerbahce. Skrtel spent nine years at Liverpool, leaving for Turkey in 2016. At 33, he has made 52 league starts in two seasons at his current club.
Over at Celtic Park, Brendan Rodgers is going to have to shell out £10m if he wants to make PSG forward Odsonne Edouard's loan move permanent. The Frenchman scored 11 goals during his season in Scotland, including the winner in a narrow 3-2 tussle with Rangers. The report claims Celtic have until the end of the month to make the deal permanent.
Meanwhile, former Derry City star James McClean has reiterated his desire to play for the Hoops. His West Brom side have been relegated from the Premier League and just last month, the 29-year-old hinted he may be open to a move away from the Hawthorns. Now he says if it was his choice, he would have been at Celtic by now.
“That’s always been the dream," he said. “Unfortunately that’s not up to me. If it was up to me it would have happened a long time ago. Who knows? Fingers crossed. Maybe one day.”
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