By Wayne Veysey

15th Dec, 2017 | 8:04am

Report: Rangers line up big-money swoop for midfield goal machine, player eager to make move

By Richard Parks

Rangers are readying a £1.2million move for Brighton winger Jamie Murphy in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that Ibrox director of football Mark Allen has placed Murphy, 28, high on his list of targets.

Wide midfielder Murphy left Motherwell for Sheffield United in 2013 before joining Brighton two years ago but has struggled for top-team action and is eager to move on.

A loan deal is a possibility but it is reported that recruitment chief Allen is pushing to sign Murphy on a permanent contract.

Former Scotland Under-21 international Murphy has been on the fringes of the Brighton team this season and failed to make their matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.

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The Glaswegian has a fine record at Brighton and previous clubs Sheffield United and Motherwell, in terms of creating and scoring goals.

At United, he scored 21 goals in 122 matches and Murphy netted an impressive 49 times from 212 games.

Football Insider verdict:

Little wonder that Rangers are so strongly linked to Murphy, given his track record in the SPL and his diminished status at Brighton this season. The winger was a regular for Chris Hughton’s team last season but has slipped down the pecking order and could be keen to secure a move in the January window in the search for regular first team football. Rangers are not especially well served for left midfield flyers, a role filled with mixed success by Josh Windass for the majority of the campaign before he was re-deployed as a central striker.

In other Rangers transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal that a bid is on the way for a centre-back.

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