Rangers are expected to hold talks with Arsenal within the coming days over a swoop to sign Marcus McGuane on loan in January, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that Arsene Wenger is eager to let McGuane, 18, leave the Emirates on loan in order for him to earn first-team experience in the second half of the season.
It is understood that Rangers’ director of football Mark Allen is desperate to sign the highly-rated enforcer, who can also play at centre-back or in defensive midfield, however the report adds that the Glasgow side aren’t the only ones interested in him.
The Scottish Sun reports that several other clubs across the UK and from abroad are keen on striking up a deal to sign McGuane next month, with one of them being Italian giants Napoli.
However it is understood that the England Under-19 international’s advisors see Ibrox as a place he can thrive if he was to move there on loan.
McGuane has made just two senior appearances for Premier League giants Arsenal, with both of them coming this season in the Europa League group stages.
Football Insider verdict
Rangers really need one or two extra bodies added to their midfield over January due to the injuries suffered by Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack. Niko Kranjcar proved against Celtic on Saturday that he isn’t up to speed to play against the top sides in the Scottish Premiership while Jason Holt and Ross McCrorie have been inconsistent. McGuane would add some fresh impetus into the Ibrox midfield and a loan deal to sign him would be a clever move by Allen. The player’s advisors seem happy for him the join the Gers while the interest from teams like Napoli will probably result in him not playing much football if he went there.
In other Rangers news, Jim White has given an update on the Light Blues’ talks to sign this Premier League forward.