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Rangers close in on free-scoring striker after he hands in transfer request - report

By Dominic Toner

Rangers target Tom Bradshaw has handed in a transfer request which has been accepted by his club Walsall, according to a report.

The striker has bagged 20-plus goals in successive seasons for the League One side and is entering the final year of his contract at the club.

The Daily Record report that Walsall are now resigned to losing Bradshaw this summer but will not allow him to leave until the valuation is met.

Bradshaw has been strongly linked with Rangers as Mark Warburton aims to recruit a proven goalscorer this summer.

Barnsley submitted a failed for the striker last month as they prepare for life back in the Championship following their promotion.

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It is said that the Yorkshire outfit tabled a bid of £400,000 earlier this summer but £1million will be needed to seal the deal.

He began his career at Shrewsbury where he netted 17 times in 97 appearances across all competitions, before joining local rivals Walsall for an undisclosed fee.

The striker, whose contract runs out in 12 months, was expected to be at Euro 2016 with Wales but picked up a calf injury at their pre-tournament training camp.

Bradshaw made his Wales debut earlier this year under Chris Coleman, coming off the bench in a loss to Ukraine.

Leicester striker Joe Dodoo has jetted to Rangers to undertake a trial and could be snapped up before there is any consideration of returning for Bradshaw.

Manager Mark Warburton only has Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller as senior striker in his squad for the upcoming season, although the pair helped fire the club to the Scottish Championship title last year with 34 goals between them in the league.

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