By Will Butcher

Rangers are set to replace outgoing stopper Matt Gilks with Port Vale star Jak Alnwick after having a bid of £250,000 accepted, according to reports.

The Scottish Herald claim a three-year contract has been tabled for the highly-rated former Newcastle goalkeeper, after the Gers met the 23-year-old’s release clause.

This comes after the Scottish Sun claimed Championship strugglers Wigan are in pole position to land former Scotland goalkeeper Gilks in the coming days.

Gilks, 34, is set to leave after failing to break into the Gers’ first team past undisputed first-choice goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, despite only moving to Ibrox in the summer.

With his career entering its final years, Gilks is set to jump ship in search of first-team football this month as he looks to prolong his career into his late thirties.

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Manager Mark Warburton has identified Alnwick as Gilks’ replacement, as the two-time England Under-18 international continues to shine between the sticks for Vale.

Making 78 appearances for his current side since moving south from Newcastle in the summer of 2015, Alnwick has kept 23 clean sheets with 10 of those coming this season.

Football Insider verdict:

Swapping Gilks for Alnwick will be a fantastic bit of business by Warburton. Highly rated in the Football League after a string of impressive performances this season, Alnwick stands more chance when compared to Gilks of displacing Foderingham from his number one perch at Ibrox. Vale’s vice-captain is also 11 years younger than veteran Gilks, and will be able to offer competition to Foderingham for the foreseeable future if signed by the 54-time Scottish champions. At just £250,000, Alnwick is a bargain and will keep former Swindon Town stopper Foderingham on his toes in Glasgow.

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