Date: 9th January 2018 at 10:41am
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Rangers will make a loan swoop for Norwich City defender Russell Martin if they manage to offload summer signing Bruno Alves in January, according to a report.

The Daily Record claim on both their website and Monday’s (09/01) back page that the Gers are keen on bringing the 32-year-old Scotland international to Ibrox, but will only green light a move if they manage to get the Portuguese defender off their wage bill, with sides from Qatar said to be interested.

Martin has said that he is open to securing a move away from Carrow Road during the current window, having found himself out of favour from the first team squad at the Champonship side.

The 29-cap international has made just five league appearances this season, all coming in the opening fixtures of the campaign, and has just two unused substitute appearances since.

Meanwhile 36-year-old Alves has been in and out the side at Ibrox, with 17 outings across all competitions, but is said to be nursing a calf injury back in Portugal as the club undertake their warm weather training camp.

Football Insider verdict

Alves, while he has been handed game time by both Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty, has failed to have had the desired impact at Rangers, and his departure would suit both parties. The light blues could do with getting him out to clear up funds for reinforcements, which appear to include Norwich’s Martin. The Scottish international will know all about playing north of the border after his time with the international squad, and he may well have probed a few of his teammates over what playing at Ibrox is like. It seems a sensible move for the club, as they look to wipe the slate clean from Caixinha’s reign and revert to tried and tested options.

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