By Wayne Veysey

22nd Dec, 2016 | 9:13pm

Report: Rangers in race to land box-to-box ace from English club, player keen to move in weeks

By Alex Stevens

Rangers are in the race to sign Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe in January, according to a report.

The Mail claim Mark Warburton’s side are among those keen to take advantage of the contract situation of the Manchester United academy product.

Tunnicliffe, 23, is out of contract next summer and would be a free signing for Rangers in January if he was to sign a pre-contract agreement as they are classified as a foreign club.

It is reported that Championship trio QPR, Ipswich and Preston are also keen to make a push for box-to-box ace Tunnicliffe, who is admired for his energy and drive from central midfield.

The former United trainee has slipped out of favour under Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham and is said to be eager to gain more regular game time.

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Tunnicliffe has made only 11 appearances for Fulham this season and started just three of the club’s 22 Championship matches.

Football Insider verdict:

When it comes to prising midfielders from English clubs, Warburton has a patchy record. And that is being generous. Joey Barton was not the only flop. Jordan Rossiter and Matt Crooks have also made negligible impact since moving from south of the border last summer. Only Josh Windass has really shone of the midfielders signed from England. Rangers should exercise caution before pushing hard for Tunnicliffe. He has been only a fringe player at Fulham this season after being a regular player in 2015-16.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club have moved a step closer to sealing a January playmaker deal.