New bid of £9.5m including add-ons tabled for Rangers player - report
By Richard Parks
Beijing Renhe failed to prise Alfredo Morelos from Rangers after tabling a fifth bid this week for the striker that would have smashed their transfer record if it was accepted, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Glasgow giants knocked back a fresh offer of £9.5million including add-ons from the super-rich Chinese outfit before the Chinese transfer window closed last night (Wednesday).
It is said that the final offer from Beijing came after four previous bids had been rejected and would have seen most of the fee paid up front.
The Chinese Super League club had been determined to land the Colombian before the transfer window shut in China on 28 February.
The Scottish Sun report that they were prepared to hand Morelos a massive wage hike which would have catapulted his salary beyond the £30,000-a-week mark.
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Morelos has scored 17 goals from 33 appearances this season after signing from Finnish club HJK Helsinki last summer for around £1million.
Beijing Renhe ended their transfer deadline day by bringing in two new players instead – including one from a club in Inner Mongolia.
Football Insider Verdict:
Credit to Rangers top brass for holding firm and not cashing in on a striker whose value appeared to soar with every passing match as Beijing Renhe pushed the boat out to seal a late February deal. The money on offer to player and club was jawdropping, and might never be available again. Morelos is a promising player and could eventually develop into a very good one, but £9.5million up front for such a raw talent is huge money. It would have smashed the club’s record sale, which is the £9million from Tottenham in January 2008 for right-back Allan Hutton. There has been a clear shift in boardroom policy in recent months, which can perhaps partly be attributed to the influence of Mark Allen following an impressive January window. At least, manager Graeme Murty has a team in the next few months that can put pressure on Celtic.