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Rangers: Ben Davies deal agreed

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Glasgow Rangers have agreed a deal to sign centre-back Ben Davies, according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph.

The lowdown

Liverpool paid £1.6m to sign the 26-year-old midway through the 2020/21 season, in the midst of a defensive injury crisis.

However, the Englishman never made a competitive appearance for the Reds, spending the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Sheffield United.

Davies is set to become Rangers’ sixth new signing of the summer, following on from wingers Rabbi Matondo and Tom Lawrence, centre-forward Antonio Colak, attacking midfielder Malik Tillman and centre-back John Souttar.

He may be viewed as a replacement for defender Calvin Bassey, who is about to seal a move to Ajax.

The latest

Joseph tweeted on Sunday evening that ‘Rangers have agreed a deal worth £4m’ for Davies.

The ‘initial fee is understood to be £3m’, with a further £1m payable if ‘achievable add-ons’ are triggered. The add-ons are tied to the number of appearances that Davies makes and the level of success that Rangers enjoy.

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The verdict

In Davies, the Light Blues are signing a player who was previously a target for their arch-rivals Celtic. Indeed, the Hoops were actually on the verge of signing him last year before Liverpool swooped in late on.

There was even talk earlier this summer that Ange Postecoglou’s side remained interested in the 26-year-old, so it may frustrate them that it’s the Gers who now look set to be the club to bring him to Glasgow.

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Encouragingly for Rangers, though, recruitment analyst Liam Henshaw billed Davies as ‘the cream of the crop’ among EFL centre-halves. He also labelled the 26-year-old a ‘terrific’ player who will be able to help Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side to build attacks, as he is ‘progressive in every sense’.

This seemingly imminent move will continue a busy period at Ibrox, with journalist Andrew Dickson noting that there has been ‘so much activity in last two weeks after barely any at all… for more than a month’.


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