By Richard Parks
Rangers could sign Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam in the summer transfer window, according to Football Whispers.
The football site claim that the Scotland international, 32, is the second most likely player to move to the Glasgow giants in the main summer window.
It would be a second spell at Ibrox for Adam, who came through the ranks at the club after joining from Dundee in his teens and made 76 appearances for the Light Blues before heading south of the border to Blackpool in 2009.
Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 2.5 out of five that Adam will join Rangers, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.
He is rated behind only West Brom defender Gareth McAuley (2.9), and ahead of Preston North End striker Louis Moult (rated 2.4) and Hearts defender John Souttar (rated 2.0).
Football Insider verdict:
Given that he is out of contract at relegation-threatened Stoke in the summer and has lost his regular starting place this season, it is easy to see why Adam is touted for an exit. Nonetheless, it would still rank as a sensational signing for Rangers, given Adam’s proven Premier League calibre. His passing range, eye for goal (34 from 207 Premier League matches is an impressive return) and brilliant set pieces make him a formidable player and he could certainly do a fine job for Rangers, better than any of the central midfielders in the current squad. Would he be willing to take a hefty wage cut to make what would be a romantic return to Ibrox? It is certainly possible, although there is the sense that this summer would be 12 months too early.