Rangers transfer news: Warburton dispells van Persie rumours

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28th Jul, 2016 | 3:02pm

Warburton gives verdict on Rangers chances of signing ex-Arsenal ace

By Alex Taylor

Rangers have crushed speculation stating that former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie could join them this summer.

The Dutch forward has been linked with a number of European clubs following reports that he will be leaving Fenerbahce in the current window.

Manager Mark Warburton crushed the possibility that the Scottish outfit, who are returning to the SPL for the first time in four seasons, could sign the former Holland international.  

“Robin van Persie is an unbelievably talented player,” Warburton said, as quoted by the official Rangers Twitter account. “But there is absolutely no truth in the rumour. I’m both bemused and amused.”

The news will disappoint Ibrox fans despite seeing their club already complete a number of high profile signings this summer, including Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar.

The 32-year-old ace caught the attention of West Ham earlier on in the transfer window but the former Arsenal talisman’s wages proved too costly for progressive east London outfit.

Van Persie, who signed with the Turkish giants from Manchester United last summer, scored 22 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season.

The forward has a fantastic goalscoring pedigree in England, with 144 goals in 280 games for both Arsenal and Manchester United.

However, it seems that van Persie won’t be returning, unless Fenerbahce can bring in a replacement. The Yellow Canaries are under no pressure to sell, with two years still remaining on the Dutchman’s contract.

In other Rangers transfer news, boss Warburton has revealed that he is keen to add another defender and striker to his squad ahead of the new season.