By Harvey Byrne
Premiership side Hearts have emphatically rejected a fresh £600,000 offer from Rangers for attacker Jamie Walker, according to a report.
Edinburgh News have detailed on their website that the Ibrox giants went in with a new six-figure bid for the 23-year-old after their initial proposal of £500,000 was also rejected earlier in the week.
It is further stated that the Edinburgh-based club are determined not to sell Walker, whose contract expires next summer for less than £1million.
The left-winger has even told Hearts that he won’t be extending the deal, which has forced the club to listen to offers, but they are keen to show their strength by not selling him to Rangers less than his valuation.
The Edinburgh-born attacker was in fine form for Hearts in the last campaign as they achieved a fifth placed finish in the Premiership with 15 goals and seven assists from 43 appearances in all competitions.
Rangers, meanwhile have already added five players to their team this summer, including wide players Dalcio and Daniel Candeias, but they are expected to add further as Pedro Caixinha looks to expand his squad to improve it’s third placing alongside competing in the Europa League.
Football Insider verdict:
Rangers are playing their own game with Hearts and are trying to force their hand by upping their bid by £100,000. However, it may also be a tactic that comes to backfire on the club if Hearts grow too disgruntled by the Gers’ efforts. They may decide in the long run that they will keep Walker until the end of his contract, where then he will be free to join Rangers or another club if he so wishes. £1million is also a lot of money for the Ibrox giants and while they may have to spend those sums to make it back at the top Rangers may feel Walker isn’t worth it given his contract situation.
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha has ordered this Gers man to stay away from training and find a new club.