By Dominic Toner

Rangers are considering a move for youngster Diego Poyet, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that manager Mark Warburton is considering offering the 21-year-old a short-term deal in the wake of Joey Barton’s imminent exit.

Poyet is currently a free agent after leaving West Ham in the summer and it is reported that Warburton is lining him up as Barton’s replacement.

Barton has agreed a pay-off deal with Rangers that will leave him free to join another club in the January transfer window.

The Scottish Sun claim the Ibrox club will pay the Englishman £250,000 to leave, with his existing contract not set to expire until the summer of 2018.

Rangers will face competition if they are to land Poyet as the Mail claim the midfielder is discussing a contract with Derby after taking part in training sessions.

Poyet, the son of former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, was believed to be an emerging star with West Ham.

The central midfielder made just 10 appearances for the Hammers and struggled to make an impression in the senior squad.

He could add some youth to the Rangers side and has picked up experience with West Ham, Charlton, Huddersfield and MK Dons.

In other Rangers transfer news, Arsenal have lined up a move for the club’s emerging star dubbed the new Andres Iniesta.