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Rangers close in on signing of Croatia international Niko Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar
Niko Kranjcar

Rangers are locked in talks to sign former Spurs, Portsmouth and QPR midfielder Niko Kranjcar and it appears the 31-year-old Croatian is keen on the move to Ibrox.

Kranjcar joined American side New York Cosmos on a short term deal in March in a bid to return to fitness after a disappointing spell at Dynamo Kiev.

The Croatian spent two and a half years at Kiev but two of those seasons were spent on loan at QPR and, after failing to settle in Ukraine, his Kiev contract was cancelled in late January.

Kranjcar then moved to the States but hinted that his move to the Cosmos in March could be a means to regain fitness and prepare him for a return to Europe.

Kranjcar made 22 appearances for QPR last season, scoring twice
Kranjcar made 22 appearances for QPR last season, scoring twice

Rangers are now offering Kranjcar that opportunity to return, with Mark Warburton flying out to New York to discuss terms with the Croatian.

Initial talks went well, with further discussions reportedly planned for after Rangers take on Hibs this weekend in the Scottish Cup final.

Kranjcar, who has been capped 81 times for Croatia, would bring plenty of creativity and experience to the Rangers team and could operate in any of the three positions behind the Rangers centre forward.

Last week the Gers completed a deal to sign highly rated midfielder Jordan Rossiter, 19, from Liverpool.

Rossiter became the third player to agree to join the Gers this summer after Accrington Stanley duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks signed pre-contract deals but Warburton is keen to further boost his squad in the coming weeks ahead of the club’s return to the top flight.

Talks also remain ongoing with midfielder Joey Barton, who was in Glasgow over the weekend for a tour of Ibrox and Rangers’ Murray Park training facilities.

The Burnley captain’s contract expires this summer and although he has been offered a new deal with the Championship winners, Warburton is hoping to tie him up on a three year deal at Ibrox.

Joey Barton leaves Ibrox with Rangers assistant manager David Weir
Joey Barton leaves Ibrox with Rangers assistant manager David Weir

 

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