By Wayne Veysey

30th Aug, 2017 | 11:46am

Rangers close in on loan-to-buy signing - sources

By Pete O’Rourke

Rangers have made a late window move to sign Cardiff left-back Declan John on a loan-to-buy deal, Football Insider sources understand.

The Ibrox club have made an approach for John as they hope to tie up a deal ahead of Thursday night’s deadline.

The Scottish giants are looking to take advantage of John entering the final year of his contract and the fact that he has lost his place at the high flying English Championship side.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Rangers are hoping to sign John on an initial loan with a view to a permanent deal.

The 22-year-old, who is predominantly a left-back but can also play left midfield, has started only one game for Cardiff since Neil Warnock was appointed manager of the club last October.

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The Wales international has found himself behind Joe Bennett in the pecking order at the Cardiff City Stadium and Warnock has been happy to let him move on.

John is in the final year of his contract at Cardiff, which has given Rangers hope of tying up a deal.

John has come through the ranks at Cardiff and made 52 appearances for the club since breaking into the first-team in 2012.

The left-sided player will add cover and competition for Rangers left-back Lee Wallace in Pedro Caixinha’s first-team plans at Ibrox.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club have made an emphatic decision in their midfield pursuit.

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