In Focus: Roberts can be beginning of new transfer model for Rangers

As reported by The Daily Mail, Rangers are battling with Ligue 1 side Marseille for the signature of West Bromwich Albion prospect Tyler Roberts.

What’s the story?

Rangers have had a busy transfer window so far, signing the likes of Jamie Murphy and shipping out faltering summer signings such as Carlos Pena.

However, they’re also planning ahead to the summer and are eyeing a move for West Brom talent Tyler Roberts.

That’s according to The Daily Mail, who say the Light Blues have  been watching his progress closely this season and are planning to scout him again next weekend.

However, they face competition from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, who are also showing heavy interest in picking him up for a £300,000 compensation fee when his contract expires at the end of the season, say the paper.

Who is he?

Still just 18 years of age, Roberts already has over 50 professional appearances to his name after loan spells at League One sides Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town and currently Walsall.

This season he’s scored five goals in 15 league appearances for the Saddlers, also contributing four assists. That’s a fair record for a player so young and a potential that could be further enhanced with regular football at Ibrox.

With Kenny Miller injured, Eduardo Herrera flopping and Josh Windass not a natural striker, the Light Blues are lacking options and landing Roberts could give the squad a big boost.

It would also follow a similar signing model Celtic have employed in recent years, taking players like Moussa Dembele north of the border on compensation deals, only to see value rise to be sold on for a profit later on.

It’s a model that could prove successful for Rangers too.

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