Rangers are looking to snap up midfielders Scott Arfield and James McArthur on free transfers from Burnley and Crystal Palace respectively this summer, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Glasgow giants have already started to work on a potential deal for the Clarets man, who, like McArthur, is out of contract at the end of the season, with hopes that they will manage to beat Premier League side West Ham to his capture.

The bold move is said to be facing some challenges though, with his current £20,000-a-week wage a stumbling block, while the Crystal Palace central star is reportedly more likely to stay in England than move back north of the border, having used to play for Hamilton.

Despite the pair being midfielders, Director of Football Mark Allen is claimed to have identified the centre back role as his priority this summer, as he seeks at least two new faces in the position.

Football Insider verdict

Rangers know that they have a tight budget to work with and that is why free agents seem like the most likely way of injecting real quality into the current squad. Arfield, with 86 Premier League appearances and 108 Scottish Premiership outings under his belt, would certainly be a step up in terms of who is already at Ibrox, and sorting out those wages could be the difference in how successful next season is. McArthur meanwhile is another ambitious signing but unless they can convince him to take a major cut in his earnings, it remains a pipe dream for now. It seems as though Mark Allen already has a lot on his plate, and that is even before the season has ended.

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