Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could turn his attention to defender Nikola Katic from Croatian club Slaven Belupo with a deal for Brighton centre-back Connor Goldson close, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Gers are set to land the Premier League defender this week, but the Gers are not finished there in the attempt to improve their backline.
It is understood that the Light Blues are in a battle with Russian giants Spartak Moscow to sign Katic from Croatian top-flight club Slaven Belupo.
The report details that the 21-year-old centre-back is likely to cost around £2million, but Spartak appear to be in pole position with the player’s agent set to jet out for talks with them about a potential transfer.
Football Insider verdict:
Katic is a 6ft 4in (source: Transfermarkt) powerhouse defender that has been impressive for his side in the past season and was a mainstay with 36 appearances across all competitions. The no-nonsense centre-back has earned one senior international cap for Croatia and could be a real star for the future despite missing out on this summer’s 23-man World Cup squad in Russia. His £2million price tag has the potential to be a bargain in the future, but it seems like Rangers would have their work cut out amid interest from Spartak this summer. Gerrard is beginning to make changes to his backline and they can only hope to compete with Celtic if they have a dependable defence as a solid foundation. The imminent arrival of Goldson at Ibrox is an exciting prospect for supporters, but perhaps adding someone with some more experience in the Scottish top flight could be a good suggestion.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.