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Rangers: Beale could sign Lundstram 2.0 in Davies

Could Glasgow Rangers be set to secure their first signing under Michael Beale in the coming days? Well, the 42-year-old has “spoken to two or three players “regarding potential transfers this month…

What’s the word?

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Dundee United tie, Beale admitted: “the two or three I’ve spoken to are very keen to come and sooner rather than later” which led many of the Ibrox faithful to wonder who they are, but following the 2-0 victory, the manager gave away a few hints.

Although not confirming names, Beale did praise Everton midfielder Tom Davies alongside Norwich City player Todd Cantwell, saying: “Todd was an excellent player when he was young and playing against my Liverpool U23s.

“And Tom Davies, he used to kick my Liverpool U23s team all around the place. There’s a bit of John Lundstram about him. But again, two really good players.”

Could this be a potential hint that these are two of the players the club are speaking to? The next few days could prove to be very interesting.

John Lundstram 2.0

Lundstram has been one of the Ibrox side’s finest performers this season, evidenced by his Sofascore rating of 7.14/10 which ranks him sixth in the Rangers across the Premiership this term.

His combative nature and tenacity have been key under Beale, with the player starring against Celtic and Dundee United recently, overall this season, he has made on average, 1.4 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, and scored five goals, suggesting his abilities have been on display at both ends of the pitch.

With Beale claiming there is a bit of Lundstram about Davies, it is certainly a fine comparison to have and the Everton midfielder could be an excellent addition to the first-team squad.

With Steven Davies, Scott Arfield, and Ryan Jack all out of contract in the summer, plus loan signings Malik Tillman and James Sands set to return to their parent clubs as it stands, there will be a major void in the centre of the pitch for the Ibrox side.

The £25k-per-week midfielder broke through during the 2016/2017 campaign, making 24 Premier League appearances while scoring twice, including a goal in a famous 4-0 rout of Manchester City with performances like that seeing him dubbed “top-class” by the BBC’s Phil McNulty.

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This season, Davies has hardly lived up to that billing, starting just four matches as the Toffees are struggling yet again in the league under Frank Lampard. Despite his lack of game time, the 24-year-old has still chipped in with an average of 1.0 tackles and 0.7 clearances per match while winning 54% of his duels.

A move could reignite his career and joining Rangers may be the ideal place to gain more minutes while having the chance to win trophies and play European football.

Having one Lundstram is great, but signing someone who is similar to him could only be beneficial for Beale as he aims to take the Light Blues into a new era.