Rangers have reportedly entered into negotiations with Blackpool about a possible permanent transfer for Jak Alnwick, who is currently on a season-long loan to the English League One club.
Football Insider reported that the Seasiders are hoping to secure a permanent move for the goalkeeper, whose contract at Ibrox is due to expire at the end of this season, with Rangers seeking to land a transfer fee for him instead of letting him leave as a free agent.
According to Football Insider, the ‘Gers have been open to entertaining any offers for the 26-year-old given that his contract is up next summer.
Alnwick has been performing quite well in his loan spell at Blackpool, with just 23 goals conceded in 20 appearances (1.15 per game) and six clean sheets (30% of games). [via TransferMarkt]
However, despite his solid form for Blackpool, his figures are still inferior to Rangers’ backup goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, who has kept three clean sheets and let in just one goal in his four appearances this season (75% clean sheet rate and 0.25 goals conceded per game).
Taking a much larger sample size, the 28-year-old has played 142 times for the ‘Gers, conceding 144 goals (1.01 per game) and recording 55 shutouts (38.7% of games) – averages that are still higher than Alnwick’s at Blackpool.
Rangers’ first-choice goalkeeper Allan McGregor is likely to sign a new deal with the club, as reported by STV, which would likely diminish Alnwick’s hopes of supplanting him for the number one spot in the short-term.
Prior to Thursday’s Europa League clash against Young Boys, the 37-year-old had conceded just 18 goals in 28 appearances this season (0.64 goals per game), with no fewer than 15 clean sheets (53.6% of games). On both counts, he is vastly outperforming Alnwick.
Alnwick has been posting decent figures as a mainstay of a team that looks capable of mounting a promotion challenge, while McGregor will soon be 38 and is therefore in the twilight of his playing career.
However, with the veteran potentially agreeing a new deal at Ibrox and Rangers willing to talk business with Blackpool, Alnwick’s future at the club does not look promising.
As well as he has been doing for the Seasiders, his numbers suggest that he would more likely be competing with Foderingham for the substitute goalkeeper’s role rather than threatening McGregor’s place in the side, so Rangers’ desire to enter talks about a permanent sale while they can still get a fee for him is a reasonable stance to take.
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