By Danny Wright
Rangers are interested in signing out-of-contract Coventry attacker George Thomas, according to a report.
News outlet HITC claims that the Gers are eager to hijack two Premier League clubs in their pursuit of the 20-year-old, who has failed to sign a new deal at the Ricoh Arena following their relegation to the English League Two.
It is understood that Swansea and Leicester are both keen on snapping up the versatile attacker this summer, who can play on either wing as well as a striker.
The report says that the both the Swans and Foxes are “trying to negotiate a settlement figure” to snap up Thomas, rather than see a deal reached by tribunal.
Players under the age of 24 cannot move freely between clubs at the end of their contracts in England and the team that nurtured the young talent are liable to receive a compensation fee.
However it is said that Rangers, as they are based in Scotland, will not face anywhere near as high a fee as any teams in England would if they wished to sign Thomas this summer.
The young Welshman made 36 appearances for Coventry last season, scoring nine goals and supplying two assists but couldn’t help them from being relegated from League One.
Football Insider Verdict
Thomas is a very promising prospect who could certainly play a squad role in Pedro Caixinha’s plans for next season. However signing him also wreaks of a deal that Mark Warburton would try to get over the line, and there’s no doubt that the Rangers fans do not want to see that happen ever again. Thomas has struggled for goals at the Ricoh, despite playing quite a prominent first-team role for the Midlands club as he progressed from their academy. Rangers have some exciting young talent of their own and maybe they should look to avoid signing Thomas and focus on their own academy.
In other Rangers news, Andy Halliday has laid out his ambitions after leaving Ibrox.