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27th May, 2017 | 3:10pm

It wouldn’t make sense: Derek Johnstone blasts Rangers reported move for top-flight attacker

By Derek Smithson

Derek Johnstone believes that Rangers’ reported player-plus-cash deal for Motherwell attacker Louis Moult would fail to make sense.

The Scottish Sun have reported that the two Scottish top-flight clubs are set to begin discussions over the 25-year-old moving to Ibrox.

It is understood that Pedro Caixinha’s side want to sign the forward and Motherwell are prepared to sell, but want £500,000 plus Michael O’Halloran on loan next year.

Johnstone claims that the potential deal would fail to benefit Rangers and would only be worth it if they could also keep O’Halloran.

“The only stumbling block for me would be on the price being mentioned,” Johnstone wrote in the Evening Times. “I don’t think it would make sense for Rangers to part with half a million quid and Michael O’Halloran, a player who cost them about the same amount in the first place.

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“Yes, O’Halloran has struggled since making the step up to Rangers, but there is always the risk that Moult would find that hard to deal with too. If Rangers could do a straight swap, then I think that would be a very good bit of business.”

Moult has been in great form for Motherwell this season and played a major role in their battle against relegation.

The English striker scored 18 goals in just 34 appearances across all competitions, while also chipping in with a further seven assists.

He has enjoyed a successful two-year spell with Motherwell and is now being eyed by Rangers to help them develop in the top flight.

The Gers struggled in their first season back to keep track with comfortable champions Celtic and also finished behind behind second-placed Aberdeen in the league table.

They struggled in front of goal all season and Moult is being eyed as a player that can help solve their problem.

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

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