PL central midfielder available on summer free most likely to be next Rangers signing - report
By Richard Parks
Crystal Palace central midfielder James McArthur is the most likely player to join Rangers in the upcoming transfer window, according to Football Whispers.
The football rumours site claim that the Scotland international, 30, could move to the Glasgow giants in the summer when his contract expires at the Premier League club.
Glasgow-born McArthur has been a regular for most of the last four years at Palace since joining for £7.9million from Wigan in 2014.
The 32-times Scotland international has made 30 appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side this season, scoring an impressive five goals from his central midfield position.
Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 2.7 out of five that McArthur will join Rangers, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.
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He is rated the most likely player to transfer to Ibrox in the summer, ahead of West Brom centre-back Gareth McAuley (rated 2.6) and Hearts defender John Souttar (rated2.0 ).
Football Insider verdict:
Given McArthur’s age, profile and contract status, it is understandable why he is strongly linked with a return to his boyhood club. Glasgow-born McArthur was part of the Rangers youth set-up as a schoolboy but began his career at Hamilton Academical, for whom he made his professional debut in 2005 and was a member of the Scottish Division One title-winning squad in 2007-8. He has been a solid Premier League performer at Palace and former club Wigan Athletic, and he is so highly regarded by Hodgson that he has played the full 90 minutes of each of the London club’s last 12 league matches. McArthur is out of contract at Palace in the summer, so a transfer to Ibrox should not be ruled out. He would be a mighty fine signing.