Colombia sensation Juan Alegria has reached an agreement in principle to join Rangers, Football Insider understands.
The forward, 18, has told the Glasgow giants he will accept their contract offer ahead of potentially joining them in January.
But there is still some way to go before a deal is agreed as Alegria’s potential transfer to Rangers has been complicated by government Brexit talks and potentially new regulations.
Nevertheless, a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Rangers are hopeful of completing the signing of the gifted youngster in next month’s window.
This site revealed last week the Glasgow giants have held talks with Finnish side FK Honka about signing Alegria.
He has also gone public to express his excitement about joining the revitalised Scottish club during what promises to be trophy-laden new era.
The Colombian sensation is eager to follow in the footsteps of Alfredo Morelos, who also made the move to Rangers via Finland.
The young striker revealed he wants to follow in the footsteps of countrymen Radamel Falcao and Duvan Zapata by being a big hit in Europe.
The teenager is one of the top targets for the Ibrox youth set-up that has yielded such poor dividends in recent years.
But Rangers and the player must wait before finalising the deal as he is not a full Colombia international and doesn’t meet the existing work permit criteria.
Alegria is back in his Tolima home in Colombia on a break after the Finnish football top flight ended prematurely in November because of Covid-19.
Alegria has caught the attention of talent spotters across Europe with his precocious performances.
He was a member of the FK Honda senior side before the season broke up, usually playing as a sub, after scoring four goals in two matches for their reserves.