There have been reports this week suggesting Michael Beale’s side have seen their latest bid of £1.5m for the 22-year-old rejected by Swansea.
This comes following a previous bid believed to be in the region of £1m for the 22-year-old was knocked back by the Championship side. And, it has now been claimed that they’re readying a third bid for the player.
As Beale’s side look to potentially increase their offer in hope of sweetening up the proposal to prise him away from the Liberty Stadium, there is a growing belief that he would welcome the move to Scotland.
Speaking to Football FanCast, journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed the 22-year-old Englishman would be interested in the opportunity of playing his football at Ibrox:
“Swansea are driving a hard bargain right now they’ve turned down a couple of offers for Whittaker. And it seems this one could drag on right to the end of the window with the player very much interested in a move to Ibrox. But it’ll all come down to the fee that their Rangers are willing to pay.”
There have also been reports Beale is looking at options to bolster Rangers’ squad through his contacts in the Championship with the Gers believed to be an option for Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell this month.
And this sets a trend of Beale eyeing talents from the English second tier with Whittaker recently recalled to his parent club, Swansea.
The 22-year-old spent the first half of the 2022/23 campaign out on loan with the League One side Plymouth Argyle.
And it is no surprise the Swans took up their option to recall the young forward following what was a sensational return down on the south coast.
In his 25 appearances in League One, Whittaker, who was hailed as a “great dribbler” by Jobi McAnuff, provided a stunning return of nine goals and seven assists as Steven Schumacher’s side lodged their promotion bid.
There is a long way back for the Gers if they are to unsettle their city rivals at the top of the Scottish Premiership, but they also have a big gap down to third spot.
So this could offer Beale with an opportunity to try out some young players between now and the end of the season and given his return already this season, Whittaker is surely one that would excite those at Ibrox.
However, it is firmly believed that the Championship side will not be allowing their young talent to go anywhere unless Rangers offer up the right proposal.