Chinese Super League club Beijing Renhe have denied they have made a bid for Rangers star Alfredo Morelos despite claims they made a multi-million offer for the Colombian striker, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Scotland reporter Kheredine Idessane claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that sources close to the Chinese side insist they cannot sign the 13-goal striker due to maxing out their foreign players quota.
The Chinese side signed Argentina international Augusto Fernandez from Atletico Madrid to take their number of non-Chinese players to four, the maximum allowed in a CSL squad.
The word from China: source close to Beijing Renhe denies that the club made a multi-million pound bid for @RangersFC Alfredo Morelos. Says their foreign player quota is full, and that there's a levy on foreign signings over $7 million.
— BBCKheredine (@BBCKheredine) February 1, 2018
The Chinese transfer window remains open until February 28 however, unless Beijing can sell one of their current four foreign players, the move for Morelos can’t happen – much to the relief of Gers fans.
The loss of the ‘El Bufalo’ would be a huge blow to the Ibrox side with Jason Cummings, Eduardo Herrera or Kenny Miller the only realistic alternatives.
Morelos has been in scintillating form this season with 13 goals in 27 appearances following a £1million move from Finnish champions HJK Helsinki.
The Colombian is the top goalscorer in the Scottish Premiership with 11 in 22 league games.
Morelos was an unused substitute in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup but will almost certainly come back into the starting XI when the Gers take on Hibs on Saturday.
Football Insider verdict
This should be viewed as great news by Rangers fans. Beijing Renhe hitting their foreign player quota means there’s no chance Morelos is going anywhere for now. The Colombian is too important a player for the Gers to sell to the first serious bidder – even if the fee on offer is big. Morelos can clearly get better and if he can do that at Ibrox, £8million could quite quickly become £16million to help take the squad up another level. Renhe’s apparent denial of making a bid whatsoever is largely irrelevant in the wider scheme of things as clubs don’t always come out and confirm failed bids – even through “sources close to” them.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton took a swipe at Gers fans after the win against Fraserburgh.