By Alex Stevens
Jordan Rossiter has arrived at Rangers’ training ground to finalise his transfer from Liverpool to Ibrox.
The 19-year-old Anfield Academy graduate was pictured with Rangers assistant manager David Weir at the club’s Murray Park headquarters on Friday afternoon.
Rossiter, whose Liverpool contract expires next month, is set to to finalise the paperwork on the transfer to Rangers in the coming hours.
This comes after he was given a tour of Ibrox last weekend and was told how he would fit into the team’s plans by manager Mark Warburton.
Jordan Rossiter at Rangers training facility pic.twitter.com/bmGByF7jai
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The player has agreed the terms of a four-year contract after rebuffing late interest from Tottenham.
A Liverpool source has said the club would demand at least £8million in compensation for the England international were he to join another English outfit.
But because Rossiter is out of contract at the end of the season he is able to exploit a FIFA loophole allowing him to join a club outside of England for just £250,000.
The Scottish giants contacted the Merseysiders a week ago to ask for permission to officially approach the midfielder.
The teenager is set to become Rangers’ first signing of the summer as manager Mark Warburton prepares the team for life back in the top flight next season.
Warburton has made it clear that he wants the newly promoted club to sign up to eight new players this summer as he strengthens the squad.
Rangers’ head of recruitment Frank McParland, the former Liverpool Academy director, is a big admirer of midfielder Rossiter and provided a glowing endorsement to Warburton.
The England Under-19s international has been forced to weigh up his options in recent months with no new contract on the table.
Liverpool did belatedly offer him an extension but that was largely to ensure that they would be able to claim a compensation fee if he left.
Rossiter, who joined the Liverpool Academy at the age of six and grew up in Everton Valley, was handed his debut in a League Cup tie aged 17 and made five appearances in total for the first team.
But there has been no indication he figures in Jurgen Klopp’s plans in a campaign in which the youngsters have been handed lots of first-team chances due to the team’s gruelling fixture list and various injury problems.
In other Rangers news, one of the team’s emerging stars could be playing in the Premier League next season.