By Danny Wright

12th Dec, 2017 | 7:01am

Report details Rangers stance on January auction for top-flight goal machine

Rangers are not expected to enter the auction to sign Motherwell forward Louis Moult in January, according to a report.

The Daily Record claims that the Light Blues’s director of football Mark Allen was considering a move for Moult, 25, earlier but has since been sidetracked by the search for a successor to Pedro Caixinha.

It is understood that Preston are in pole position to win the race to sign Moult, who is out of contract at the end of the season and can sign pre-contract terms next month.

Birmingham and Wigan are also said to be in the hunt for the Motherwell goal machine but Preston are believed to be able to offer him 10 times his current £1,000-a-week pay packet at Fir Park.

Moult has been in top form this season for the Steelmen, scoring 14 goals in 22 appearances across all competitions.

Since joining Motherwell in 2015, the top-flight goal machine has averaged better than a goal every other game by netting 50 times in 98 total matches.

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Football Insider Verdict

It seems as though Rangers’ chances of landing Moult are truly dead and buried, and it is perhaps all down to their farcical search for a new manager. Graeme Murty is set to stay in charge until the end of this month but that begs the question about what might happen in January because it’s unlikely that a caretaker manager will be able to make any signings. It wouldn’t be a great surprise to see the Gers fail to sign anyone. They spent a lot in the summer as Caixinha overhauled the squad. However most of those players are yet to reach the mark expected and unless some of them are sold off, it could be quite a frustrating month for fans.

In other Rangers news, a report has detailed stunning developments about the advanced talks the Gers were in with this manager.

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