By Pete O'Rourke

22nd Jan, 2020 | 10:05am

Rangers 26yo close to agreeing pre-contract with English club as exit nears - Ibrox Sources

Jak Alnwick is close to agreeing a pre-contract with Blackpool as he closes in on a permanent exit from Rangers, Football Insider has learned.

The goalkeeper’s hopes of a transfer this month to the English League One outfit were dashed after he suffered a broken arm in December.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Blackpool remain keen on signing Alnwick full-time after his impressive form on loan in the first half of the campaign.

The keeper, 26, has held talks with the promotion hopefuls over signing a pre-contract agreement.

That would see him commit to joining Blackpool on a long-term deal in the summer when his agreement at Rangers expires.

The Englishman has no future at Rangers, where Allan McGregor is the undisputed first choice, and he is set to move on a free at the end of the campaign.

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He had hoped to sign permanently for Blackpool this month but that possibility ended when the club confirmed he was to be sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery.

Blackpool manager Simon Grayson spoke of his interest in signing Alnwick he praised him for playing “fantastically well” this season.

The former England Under-20 international started the third-tier club’s first 22 league matches of the campaign and conceded just 24 goals while keeping seven clean sheets.

He has made just 11 appearances for Rangers and spent the whole of last season out on loan at Scunthorpe United.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have tabled a new striker offer.