Deal close: Rangers to make first January signing, this is when he will arrive at Ibrox - report
By Harry Sykes
Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral is poised to quit his loan deal with Granada after agreeing to join Rangers until the end of the season, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Gunners youngster has indicated to Ibrox chiefs he will move to Scotland following a wretched spell in La Liga.
The report quotes sources in Spain as saying that Granada expect Toral to arrive at the Scottish giants’ headquarters by Sunday after an agreement was secured between the two clubs on Wednesday night.
It is said that Toral has given his approval for his season-long loan with Spanish top-tier outfit Granada to end and for him to move to Glasgow on a short-term deal instead.
The Scottish Sun expect the goalscoring midfielder to make his Rangers debut in their friendly against German outfit Red Bull Leipzig on 15 January.
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Rangers manager Mark Warburton has made a move for the 21-year-old Arsenal academy product after managing him 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.
Football Insider verdict:
Rangers won’t come close to giving Celtic a run for their money this season but it will be a boost for the Ibrox club and their long-suffering fans if they emerge as the best of the rest. Toral could go some way to adding som creative impetus to a team that has too often fallen short in that regard this season. He is young, hungry, mobile and with an eye for goal. Warburton also knows him well from their Brentford days and, theoretically, should be able to get the best out of a player whose pedigree is impressive.
In other Rangers transfer news, this forward arrived earlier this week after a number of bids were tabled by the Ibrox club.