Rangers have been dealt a blow with the news that transfer target Tyrese Campbell will not be moving to Ibrox this month.
The Daily Record reported that the Stoke striker took it upon himself to inform the Ibrox club of his wish to remain with the Potters for the time being, having been scouted regularly by the ‘Gers, with whom the 20-year-old’s representatives held pre-contract talks (according to Daily Record).
As reported by the Daily Record, Celtic had also shown an interest in the youngster, with the same publication claiming as recently as Thursday that he favoured a move to Ibrox instead of the Hoops. However, he now looks set to stay put at the bet365 Stadium for the remainder of the season.
As noted by the Daily Record, Rangers could have pulled off quite a coup for Campbell had they managed to entice him to Ibrox, as they would have been able to sign him for just £400,000 due to cross-border compensation rules.
The 20-year-old has been in a rich vein of form for Stoke in recent weeks, with four goals in his last five league games after only scoring once for the first team before Christmas. He netted the winning goal for the Potters against Championship leaders West Brom last Monday before being forced off with a hamstring injury.
Had Campbell made the move to Rangers, he would likely have been backup to Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe, with the pair scoring 28 and 16 goals respectively for Steven Gerrard’s side. The former is by a distance their top scorer, with an average of 0.8 goals per game this season, while the latter has looked sharp after the mid-season break, having scored in the Light Blues’ last two matches.
However, the Stoke youngster may well have nudged ahead of Greg Stewart in the centre-forward pecking order, with the 29-year-old making just five starts all season and playing a mere 56 minutes of Premiership football since the end of October. The only other senior striker currently at Ibrox is Eduardo Herrera, who recently returned on loan from Necaxa in his native Mexico and hasn’t made an appearance at Rangers under Gerrard.
Campbell’s decision to snub Rangers and remain at Stoke is a setback for the Ibrox club, given their lack of quality centre-forward depth and the Daily Record‘s claim that they held pre-contract talks with an in-form player who very recently seemed keen on making the move north.
The cross-border compensation fee would also have enabled the ‘Gers to snap up a promising youngster for a meagre amount, so on several levels the collapse of this possible transfer has the feel of ‘one that got away’ for the Light Blues.
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