Rangers reignite pursuit of 24-year-old after part-exchange offer - report
By Harry Sykes
Rangers are ready to reignite their bid to sign Hearts winger Jamie Walker in January after failing with a last-gasp part-exchange offer involving Jason Holt, according to a report.
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 Holt.
It is said that this came after Ibrox manager Pedro Caixinha refused to pay any more than £600,000 for the £1million-vauled winger.
The Scottish Sun report that Walker is very keen for a move over to Rangers and has no plans on extending his Hearts contract, which expires next summer.
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It is also stated that the wide man could sign a pre-contract with the Ibrox giants in the January window ahead of joining as a free agent next summer.
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 has been on Rangers’ radar throughout the entire summer and they would be delighted to snap him up on a free transfer once the January transfer window opens. By that point, the winger will be master of his own destiny. Although he has struggled to replicate last season’s form this time around as speculation swirls about his future, now he can concentrate on delivering the performances that will keep him as Rangers’ A1 mid-winter target.
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.