Talks begin: PL midfielder ready to pull plug on deal and join Rangers this month - report
By Harry Sykes
Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral is ready to quit his loan deal with Granada to join Rangers this month, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim the Gunners youngster is attracted at the possibility of linking up with the Scottish giants following a wretched spell in La Liga.
It is said that Toral is considering “pulling the plug” on his season-long loan with Spanish top-tier outfit Granada and “move to Glasgow on a short-term deal instead”.
The Record report that Rangers manager Mark Warburton has made the 21-year-old Arsenal academy product his No1 target in the January window.
Warburton has already flown to Spain to open talks with the youngster in a bid to persuade him to move to Ibrox.
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The Ibrox boss knows Toral well from managing the midfielder when he was on a season-long loan at Brentford in 2014-15 in the side that challenged for promotion to the Premier League.
The Spaniard, who is a central midfielder and was prised from the Barcelona academy in 2011, scored six goals and supplied two assists in 37 appearances for Brentford.
He also had a statistically even more impressive campaign at Birmingham last season, where he scored eight goals and supplied four assists in 38 matches and was voted the Championship club’s player of the year.
But Toral has made little impact at Granada and has featured in just six matches in all competitions this season.
He recently spent times on the sidelines with an ankle injury but is now fully fit and back in training.
In other Rangers transfer news, this forward arrived earlier this week after a number of bids were tabled by the Ibrox club.