Hearts want £500k plus significant add-ons for John Souttar from Rangers - report
Hearts have named their price for Rangers to sign John Souttar permanently in January, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.
The newspaper has reported in their print edition (15 January) that it would take £500,000 plus significant add-ons to bring the deal forward.
Rangers announced the pre-contract signing of Souttar on Friday evening (14 January) something that will see him move to Ibrox in the summer as things stand.
Robbie Neilson has already spoken out about the potential of the Bears coming in for his star man earlier than the summer.
The Hearts boss insisted it would take “crazy” money, but this doesn’t seem too far fetched given their comments.
The Bears have money to play with after selling Nathan Patterson to Everton, and could easily meet these demands.
Add ons can be very vague too, so reaching the Champions League or winning the Scottish Premiership could bring more payouts to Hearts.
Get it done.
We have seen the benefits in bringing players to Ibrox early after they signed pre-contracts in the past.
Scott Wright was one of the last ones to get that treatment in January last year, and he has come on leaps and bounds.
There is no chance that Souttar will want to see out the season at Tynecastle now, with his move to Ibrox the only thing on his mind.
Rangers deciding against this could see his form slip between now and the end of the season, with the defender wanting that move instantly this month.
Ross Wilson will be weighing up options alongside Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but don’t be surprise if they launch this offer sooner rather than later.