Rangers are expecting to sign new loan recruit Bongani Zungu on a permanent deal in January, Football Insider understands.
The Light Blues announced late on deadline day they had recruited the South Africa international on loan until the end of the season with an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers are looking to tie Zungu, 27, to a pre-contract in the January window.
That would enable them to push through a permanent, multi-million deal at the end of the season.
The club have given themselves a get-out with an initial loan, to see if Zungu can deal with the Ibrox pressure as well as the physical demands of Scottish football.
The deal to sign him from Amiens had been on the cards for months, as reported by Football Insider in July.
But sporting director Ross Wilson explained that “following a difficult and prolonged period of lockdown in South Africa, it would have been hard for him to have joined us at an earlier stage of the window”.
Amiens had set an £3.8m asking price after their relegation from Ligue 1 for a player who was set to be out of contract next summer.
But they have extended his deal for a further 12 months, which means Rangers will still have to pay a significant fee at the end of the campaign.
Steven Gerrard has pushed hard for the 29-times South Africa international after making it a priority to bring extra quality into his central midfield ranks.
Zungu scored two goals in last year’s African Cup of Nations and has 59 matches in France following his move from Portugal in 2017.