By Wayne Veysey

20th Apr, 2018 | 6:39am

Rangers to sign classy PL forward in near-£2m deal as soon as window opens - reports

By Richard Parks

Rangers are set to complete the permanent signing of winger Jamie Murphy as soon as the transfer window opens, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim in an extended update on the Glasgow giants’ transfer business that the club are “expected” to convert the  Brighton wide man’s loan into a full-time deal in June.

It is said that Rangers have first option to sign Murphy and they are in line to take advantage of their pole position to push through the move at the end of the season.

The Scotland international, 28, has said that he is “absolutely” keen to join the Light Blues permanently after making a big impression during his loan spell that began during the January window.

Murphy has made 12 appearances for Rangers, scoring five goals and supplying seven assists from his wide role.

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The Daily Record has previously reported that the total cost of signing Murphy is £1.7million, including the loan fee.

Football Insider verdict:

A boyhood Bear who clearly loves wear the famous blue jersey, Murphy has been the best of the January signings (we’re not including Declan John in that list as he arrived last August before signing permanently in December) and he will be a fine permanent capture. Murphy’s quick feet, vision and creativity can make him a fulcrum of the side in the coming seasons and a near-£2million price is a reasonable one to pay for a player who is on a different level to most of those in the Rangers squad. Whoever is the manager next season will love to be able to call upon the classy wide man.

In other Rangers news, a former Ibrox goalscoring star is set to make a sensational return to the club this summer after running down his Premier League contract.

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