By Wayne Veysey

7th Jul, 2016 | 9:08am

Confirmed: Rangers open talks in bid to seal ninth summer signing

By Alex Stevens

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has confirmed the club will open talks with Oguchi Onyewu about signing for the club.

The former US international centre-back has been on trial with the Scottish giants during their pre-season camp in South Carolina and was handed 66 minutes in the 2-1 win over Charleston Battery on Wednesday.

Warburton has revealed he has been impressed enough by Onyewu to consider the possibility of handing him a permanent move to Ibrox.

“It’s early days,” Warburton said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “We wanted to give him as much time as possible. We will have a chat with him in the morning and we will see how we go from there.

“We thought about playing him the whole game with Danny Wilson in the first half and Clint Hill in the second half, but that changed when Danny got injured.

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“We will talk him and see where we are. He has done well. He is a really experienced campaigner. He has played around the world and he has been a captain.

“It’s a tough one do us. We will chat as a coaching staff and go from there.”

Warburton has already strengthened his squad after winning promotion to the Scottish Premiership by bringing in Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Lee Hodson and Niko Kranjcar.

Former Accrington pair Matt Crooks  and Joshua Windass have also arrived after they signed pre-contract agreements in January.

The powerful defender has vast experience playing in the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League and has also starred in seven different countries over his career.

In addition to playing in the Champions League for AC Milan, Onyewu had spells with Standard Liege, Newcastle, Sporting CP, Malaga and Sheffield Wednesday. The much-travelled defender’s most recent club was Charlton in 2015.

The 34-year-old has also represented his country 67 times after making his debut in 2004.

In other Rangers news, Kyle Lafferty would jump at the chance of a move back to Ibrox.