By Alex Stevens

Rangers are set to beat Premier League big guns including Manchester United and Tottenham to the signing of Livingston striker sensation Matthew Knox, Football Insider sources understand.

The Scottish giants are locked in talks with their fellow Championship club about a deal that would mean Knox moving to Ibrox in the summer.

The 16-year-old had a trial at Manchester United during the January window after previously undergoing trials at Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton.

Scottish Championship club Livingston rejected a bid from Nottingham Forest and also fielded enquiries from United and Queens Park Rangers.

Knox underwent a trial at Rangers last month and a well-placed source has told Football Insider that a deal is now “close” for the teenager to seal a switch to Ibrox.

Gers manager Mark Warburton went public last month with his interest in signing the versatile forward as he outlined how an open pathway to the first team made his club an excellent proposition for the youngster.

Outlining Rangers’ bid for the youngster, Warburton said: “Knox is a smart, talented boy. He’s confident, good in possession and technically gifted.

Head hunter: Warburton has outlined his interest in signing Knox

Head hunter: Warburton has outlined his interest in signing Knox

“You hear that Man United or Liverpool or Chelsea or Arsenal, are keen but their web is so far reaching and deep that a number of players are being watched. But to sign for those clubs and then play is a different proposition.

“Too many times, you see clubs blood someone and then you never see them again. It’s like another box is being ticked. If he’s good enough, you make sure there is an opportunity.”

Knox caught the eye of the United coaches with a goal past former keeper Victor Valdes in one practice match.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also tracking the the player’s progress and his manager at Livingston, former Scotland international David Hopkin, is convinced Knox can reach the top.