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29th Jan, 2017 | 12:32pm

Rangers edge closer to highly-rated 23-year-old after manager comments

By Harvey Byrne

Rangers have seemingly edged closer to Port Vale goalkeeper Jak Alnwick after manager Michael Brown admitted he may have played his last match for the club.

The Scottish Herald claimed earlier in the week that the Gers had tabled a three-year contract for the highly-rated 23-year-old after having a bid of £250,000 accepted.

The goalkeeper played in Vale’s defeat against Scunthorpe on Saturday, which saw him concede three goals in a 3-2 loss.

Current caretaker boss Brown then told reporters after the match that “there was a good chance” that he has now played his last game for the Midlands team.

“That possibly could be his last game for the club,” told Brown, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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“There is a chance of that. He is still with us at the moment and we will see what the coming days bring.”

The Record reports that talks between the two clubs are currently ongoing with Mark Warburton looking to add a goalkeeper to replace want-away back-up Matt Gilks.

The 34-year-old has made just five League Cup appearances for the Scottish giants since joining from Burnley in the summer with Wes Foderingham cementing the number one spot.

Alnwick is 11 years Gilks’ junior and has been a star for Vale since joining in the summer of 2015 from Newcastle.

The former England Under-18 international has completed 78 matches in total for the club, keeping 23 clean sheets and conceding 98.

Football Insider verdict:

The deal for Alnwick makes a lot more sense for Rangers than the Gilks one. The latter was always brought to the club with the number two spot in mind, leaving Foderingham with little competition between the sticks. However, the addition of Alnwick would keep Foderingham on his toes and would make sure that he avoids any signs of complacency. At 24, the young shot stopper still has time to grow and for a relatively little £250,000 Rangers could secure themselves with a very good rising goalkeeper for years to come. 

In other Rangers transfer news, a deal is edging closer between the Gers and this Premier League side.

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