Rangers signing now expected in the coming days

Filip Helander Alberto Paloschi Bologna SPAL Serie A 15102017

Filip Helander Alberto Paloschi Bologna SPAL Serie A 15102017

Rangers are on the verge of making Bologna centre-back Filip Helander their eighth signing of the season after agreeing personal terms on Wednesday.

The Swede has impressed for the Serie A side in recent seasons after joining from Hellas Verona.

The defender is understood to have an offer from Istanbul Başakşehir, while Besiktas are also keeping tabs on the situation. "However, the 6'4" defender prefers a transfer to Scotland over Turkey. Newcastle United were also credited with an interest in September previous year.

"It will be a permanent deal for a defender", he said.

The wonderfully named Simon Sylvanus Deli has been repeatedly linked with a move to Steven Gerrard's Rangers over the past couple of days, but the Glasgow club may not have a clear path to the deal.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard this week hinted that his next summer signing was close.

"If things progress as they have in the last 48 hours, I'm hoping something will get done by the end of the week".

Rangers got their competitive season off to a flying start last night as they hammered Gibraltarian side St Joseph's 4-0 in what was a commanding performance.

He held onto his place for the next 13 matches before a suspension forced him to miss a trip to face Inter Milan.

"I have three years left on my contract in Bologna, it really is so I look at it", he said while on worldwide duty last month.

George Edmundson has already arrived from Oldham Athletic to join current central defenders Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic.

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