By Richard Parks

Rangers have opened talks with Jason Cummings over converting his loan into a permanent transfer, according to a report.

The Nottingham Post claim the Scottish giants are keen to step up their transfer business and make the Nottingham Forest striker the first permanent signing of the Steven Gerrard era.

It is said that a clause was inserted in Cummings’ loan deal that began in January which gives Rangers the option to sign him permanently for a set fee.

Football Insider verdict:

Cummings is rough around the edges but has the promise to sparkle under the right manager and if he is given enough opportunities. Those have been thin on the ground since his January move to Govan, with the 5ft 11in forward playing second fiddle to main man Alfredo Morelos. Cummings has scored six goals in 16 appearances in all competitions and demonstrated that he can be a nuisance to defenders in and around the penalty box. He is not a traditional line-leader, as he struggles with his back to goal, but the Scotland international is mobile and has an eye for goal, as a Scottish Cup hat-trick proved. His record north of the border is also impressive – he netted 71 times in 149 Hibs matches – and could thrive at Rangers with the right service and in a team that plays to his strengths. The Light Blues have already agreed the signing of Burnley’s Scott Arfield this summer, but that was before Gerrard’s appointment. With sporting director Mark Allen working on a deal, Cummings could become the first permanent signing under the new manager.

In other Rangers news, the club are working on a stunning deal to sign an English powerhouse centre-back from seventh-placed club after Gerrard gives the green light.

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