Rangers could exploit a cross-border transfer rule in order to sign West Brom forward Tyler Roberts on a cut-price deal, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the Light Blues are eyeing up a loan swoop for Roberts, 18, in January once the striker returns from his current temporary spell at Walsall.
It is understood that Roberts is out of contract at the end of the season and Rangers may make a bid to tie up the Wales Under-21 international on a permanent basis for as little as £300,000.
It is a similar rule that the Glasgow giants have taken advantage of when they snapped up Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool.
Premier League club West Brom are running the risk of losing Roberts in the near future and Rangers would be required to pay a limited amount in compensation fees to land him.
The youngster is highly-rated at the Hawthorns and is known for his explosive pace and goalscoring ability.
His five goals on loan at Walsall in the first half of this season means no other teenager in England’s top four league has scored more than him.
Football Insider verdict
From Rangers’ perspective, it would make a lot of sense for them to try and sign Roberts on such a cheap deal. The Welsh teenager has a lot of potential to reach and with the lack of decent striker options at Ibrox, he is likely to be playing every week. From West Brom’s point of view, they really would not want him to join the Gers on a permanent deal. If he joins another English club they would get a lot more money in compensation so that may see them repel a loan bid from Ibrox just to make sure he doesn’t seek out a move in the summer. Alan Pardew appears to be a fan of the West Brom academy product though, so a new deal for him is perhaps likely to happen.
In other Rangers news, Celtic are expected to beat the Light Blues to the signing of this stylish top-flight defender.