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28th May, 2017 | 8:20am

Advanced deal: Rangers in negotiations for international midfielder - report

By Derek Smithson

Rangers are close to securing a deal for midfielder Carlos Pena, according to a report.

The Mail claim that the 27-year-old’s move from Mexican club Guadalajara to Scotland is at an “advanced” stage.

It is understood that negotiations have kicked off for the Mexico international and that manager Pedro Caixinha is keen to raid Mexico and Portugal for summer targets.

Pena has been on loan at Mexican side Leon since January and made eight appearances, scoring twice and assisting once.

The central midfielder is enjoying his third separate spell with Mexican top-flight club Leon and has managed 42 goals in 155 appearances for them.

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He can be used as an attacking midfielder too and Caixinha is keen on using him in the Gers squad next season.

Pena has made 17 international caps for his homeland Mexico and did play during the World Cup in 2014.

Football Insider verdict:

Caixinha looks set to invest in players he knows from his previous time in management and the 27-year-old is a powerhouse in the middle of the park and is aggressive in his play. He has proved that he can also chip in with some goals from midfield and that is something that Rangers are in desperate need of. The Gers lacked quality in front of goal all year and could do with some extra firepower to support their attackers. Pena would be able to provide the likes of Josh Windass, Niko Kranjcar and Jason Holt competition for places.

In other Rangers transfer news, Nacho Novo believes that Barrie McKay should be given a second chance at the club.

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