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28th Dec, 2016 | 12:12pm

Rangers plot swoop for England international - report

By Emma Sanders

Rangers are plotting a move for former Everton star Leon Osman, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim Osman has been identified as Rangers’ top target for the January transfer window.

The 35-year-old has been out of action since the summer after his contract ran out with Everton but Mark Warburton is set to offer him a new deal to join Rangers.

The report states Warburton wants to bring experience to the Scottish giants and has identified Osman as the perfect fit for his club.

Warburton hoped to have summer signing Niko Kranjcar at his expense but the midfielder picked up a long-term injury shortly after his arrival and Rangers have also lost Joey Barton.

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A number of midfield targets have already been identified, including Conor Hourihane, Jota and former Liverpool youngster Sergi Canos.

Osman is expected to become Warburton’s top priority though and assistant manager David Weir could play a vital part in the negotiations.

Warburton’s number two worked with Osman during his time at Everton and the midfielder could be keen to be united.

Osman played 352 league games for the Merseysiders and received two caps for England during a successful 16-year career in the Premier League.

Football Insider verdict:

Hibernian have also shown an interest in the former Everton star but it’s unlikely Osman would turn down a move to Rangers in favour of a second-flight club. The 35-year-old hasn’t played for a while so it would be a risky move for Warburton but it’s clear he wants to add experience and without a club, Osman could be a shrewd addition. He showed composure on the ball and great work-rate while he was at Everton and both of those qualities could be valuable to Rangers so it would be a good fit. Osman will surely relish the opportunity to get back into football, too.

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