By Wayne Veysey

4th Oct, 2017 | 6:23am

Rangers next signing will be forward who stormed 2016-17 - Football Whispers

By Harry Sykes

Rangers are ready to reignite their bid to sign Hearts winger Jamie Walker in January, according to a report.

Football Whispers claim that the Edinburgh-based 24-year-old is the Scottish giants’ most likely signings in the mid-winter window.

The Scottish Sun claim that the Glasgow giants made one final bid to sign Walker, 24, on deadline day after having two previous offers rejected.

Rangers attempted to smooth the way for a deal with Hearts by offering a cash sum in addition to handing over central midfielder Jason Holt in part-exchange.

Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 2.5 out of 5 that Hearts wide forward Walker, 24, will join Rangers, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.

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The attacker is ahead in the ratings of St Mirren midfielder Lewis Morgan, who is rated at 1.0 to transfer to Ibrox.

Walker is a player in demand after scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists from 43 matches for Hearts in all competitions last season.

Football Insider verdict

Walker was on Rangers’ radar throughout the entire summer but they refused to pay more than £600,000 for the £1million-valued winger. Nevertheless, the Scottish giants would be delighted to snap him up for a cut-price fee once the January transfer window opens. By that point, the forward, who has no plans to extend his Hearts contract, will be more in control of his own destiny. He has struggled to replicate last season’s excellent form this time around as speculation swirls about his future, with nine matches for Hearts yielding neither an assist or a goal. It is a far cry from 2016-17, when Walker was one of the most productive players in the Scottish Premiership.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club made a last-gasp move to sign a £45,000-a-week striker who would have catapulted them to the league title.

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