By Jason Jones

25th May, 2020 | 12:15pm

BBC journo: Rangers could announce permanent Hagi deal today

Rangers could announce the permanent signing of Ianis Hagi later today, according to BBC Scotland journalist Jane Lewis.

The 21-year-old arrived in Glasgow on loan from Belgian outfit Genk in January, and has since registered three goals and two assists in 10 outings for the Gers.

The Romanian is understood to have an option-to-buy clause written into his contract at Ibrox, although there has been some doubt over whether or not the club would choose to exercise it following sporting director Ross Wilson’s admission that the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic could scupper the deal.

But Lewis has delivered an update on the situation, and believes a confirmation of Hagi’s permanent arrival at Ibrox could be imminent.

Writing on her personal Twitter account, she said: “Rangers could announce the permanent signing of Ianis Hagi today.

“Talks between Genk and Rangers are on going, with terms still to be agreed, but clubs confident the deal will go through and soon.”

What should we make of this update?

Lewis’ tweet is probably the most concrete report we have had yet on where the deal for Hagi currently stands.

Over the weekend we saw Romanian agent Giovani Becali claim that a deal had indeed been wrapped up for the playmaker, but hearing the information substantiated by a BBC reporter – with a timeframe for an announcement included – would seemingly suggest that the transfer is on the brink of completion.

And that would be a real boost for the Gers.

Michael Stewart has questioned the wisdom of signing the 21-year-old on a permanent deal, but the £5 million price tag that is being mooted feels like a no-brainer when you consider the fact that the likes of Real Madrid have been linked with him in the recent past.

Hopefully we do get confirmation later today, as Lewis suggests, and we can start looking ahead to the rest of the summer with some optimism.

In other Rangers news, Ibrox Exclusive: Alex Bruce claims reported Gers target Dykes is a ‘real handful’.