By Jason Jones

9th Jan, 2020 | 1:02pm

Report: Rangers plot cut-price January raid for 53-cap 24y/o enforcer

Rangers have developed a real eye for a bargain in recent times. 

Whether it’s bringing in Alfredo Morelos for a fairly paltry fee back in 2017, or snapping up Joe Aribo from Charlton Athletic last summer, the Gers have found a real knack for getting good value for their buck in the transfer market.

And if reports from The Netherlands are to be believed, they could be on the hunt for another cheap swoop as we speak.

A piece from Voetball International claims that the Gers are interested in making a move for Feyenoord midfielder Renato Tapia.

The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and it is understood that his current club could be tempted to sell this month instead of losing him on a free in a few months’ time.

The report also suggests that bitter rivals Celtic are keen on the Peruvian international, who has 53 caps to his name for his country.

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Feyenoord paid £2 million for the player back in 2016.

As well as operating in the heart of midfield, Tapia can also play in the heart of defence, and has featured 23 times for the Dutch side this season, including during their Europa League visit to Ibrox in September.

And if the Gers can land, he could be a real coup.

So far this term, he has averaged a pass completion rate in excess of 85% in the Eredivisie, as well as winning 2.4 tackles per 90 minutes, as per Whoscored.

In short, he is a real enforcer, and if he is available at the right price, it would be foolish to say no.

The competition from Celtic could be a hassle, and you could argue that the Gers should be prioritising other positions over centre midfield, but if they can land this deal with minimal fuss and minimal cost, it’s a no-brainer.

In other news, Danny Murphy claims senior Rangers man will ‘regret’ his actions after getting ‘carried away’.