Glasgow Rangers weren’t exactly quiet by their standards in the summer, but perhaps they missed out on a potential replacement for Alfredo Morelos, and sporting director Ross Wilson can make amends in January.
According to Football Insider, Rangers have reached an agreement in principle with Colombian wonderkid Juan Alegria ahead of the winter transfer window, which is set to open in just under a few weeks’ time.
It’s claimed that he will accept the offer on the table before moving to Ibrox in January, although the Gers could face several obstacles to secure his services as his transfer could be disrupted by the government’s ongoing negotiations with the European Union over Brexit.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former Rangers full-back Alan Hutton has tipped the 18-year-old for the very top. He said: “I’ve heard little bits, not too much, I think they’ve stopped because of the Coronavirus. I don’t think he’s played so much, it’s more of an impact off the bench but he’s obviously a talented player.
“I think we all know that the scouting system has worked well at Rangers so they obviously see a promising, big talent and he’s only 18, so it’s going to be one to bring in and develop within the squad.
“He sounds a decent prospect and I trust the Rangers scouting team because they’ve done so well in the past. It’s not been bad so far so we’ll have to back them.”
High praise indeed from someone who won the league title with the Gers during his time at Ibrox. There hasn’t been much talk in the press since the news first broke, so Ross Wilson must act swiftly to wrap up a deal at all costs by any means necessary.
Two backup strikers were signed in Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe on four-year deals for undisclosed fees as Morelos was heavily linked with the Ibrox exit.
Jermain Defoe, Itten, Morelos and Roofe are all vying for a place up front, while Greg Stewart is considered surplus to requirements.
Reports in recent times revealed that Rangers are set to cash in on Stewart in January as he has fallen down the pecking order under Gerrard, having made just four appearances across all competitions so far this season.
Morelos himself is currently serving a two-game suspension after he was charged by the SFA for bringing the game into disrepute on the grounds of violent conduct.
It means that Gerrard only has three viable options for the centre-forward role for the time being at least, with Defoe, Itten and Roofe battling it out for their chance to lead the line, which is precisely why he is lining up a move for the teenager, who was recently described as ‘Alfredo Morelos Mk II’ by The Daily Record.
In ten appearances for the Finnish outfit FC Honka this season, the Colombian has scored four goals so far, via Transfermarkt.
Given his age, it looks like the highly-rated striker could be one for the future, although he has made no secret of his desire to move to Ibrox, as he told The Daily Record: “Together with my family, we are studying and finalising details to transfer me to Rangers – a great team who are the best in Scotland and highly recognised in European football.”
The fact that Alegria has made it clear he wants to play for the club should fill Rangers fans with confidence, especially when you consider the fact that Morelos continues to be linked with a move abroad.
Now it’s up to Wilson to get the deal over the line before it’s too late.
AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers must cash in on Greg Stewart in January…