Report: Rangers make emphatic decision in pursuit of proven top-flight ace, three-year deal on table
By Abigail Withey
Rangers will not submit a fresh bid for Jamie Walker in the final days of the transfer window unless Hearts lower their £1million price tag, according to a recent report.
The Glasgow Evening Times has revealed that a move for the 24-year-old will only happen if Hearts are willing to lower their valuation to a six-figure fee.
The regional newspaper claims that Walker’s club offered him a new three-year-deal which would have made him the highest earning player at the Midlothian outfit.
It is understood that the Scotsman turned down the new contract and stated that he wouldn’t pen his signature in the final 12 months of his time with the club.
Walker is a product of the Hearts academy and moved up to the senior squad in 2012 where he has since made 167 appearances across all competitions, scored 39 goals and provided 34 assists for the club.
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This report contradicts an earlier story in the Daily Record which claimed that the Light Blues hadn’t given up their pursuit of the playmaker and revealed that they were planning to submit a new offer, but this looks to have ended.
Football Insider verdict
After having two bids rejected for Walker and the valuation remaining the same it’s unlikely that Hearts would want to drop their price just days before the deadline, especially as they want to keep hold of their prized asset. This shouldn’t be a problem for Caixinha, and although the addition of the 24-year-old would’ve been welcomed he’s not vital to the Rangers squad as the boss has already made a number of signings this summer. Fans will have wanted Walker to strengthen the squad’s flanks in the hope of driving them towards a trophy this season, but even without the Hearts player this is still in reach. Caixinha could possibly wait until January for his next swoop on the star where Hearts are more likely to lower their valuation in case they lose him for free in the summer of 2018.
In other Rangers news, one of Caixinha’s new summer signings has been named in the SPFL’s Team of the Week.