'We've had a bid' - Robbie Neilson reveals Rangers bid for John Souttar
Rangers have had a bid for John Souttar ‘knocked out of the ballpark’ by Hearts, according to club manager Robbie Neilson on Saturday.
The Bears have already signed Souttar on a pre-contract agreement, meaning he will move to Ibrox in the summer on a permanent deal once his contract with Hearts expires.
But both Rangers and Souttar want to bring the deal forward to this month [Daily Record], but Hearts are playing hardball over the 25-year-old defender and are demanding a ‘significant and satisfactory‘ fee.
Souttar missed Hearts’ cup game against Auchinleck with an apparent ankle injury, and club manager Neilson revealed that a bid had been rejected from Rangers but that wasn’t the reason he was left out.
“John has an ankle injury,” he said, via The Scottish Sun. “I know everyone will be looking more into it after what has happened but that’s the truth.
“He will be in the squad for Wednesday until something changes.
“We have had a bid in, but that has been knocked out of the ballpark.
“We value John very very highly and until that valuation is met then he will be a Hearts player.
There is no surprise that Hearts have rejected the opening offer from Rangers for Souttar, but it seems now that it’s a matter of time before this gets done.
The Scotland international wants to move this month and after he was booed by his own fans after returning to league action last week, it seems they’re ready to let him go.
There is no point risking him in the cup game if a deal is close, but Rangers will clearly need to up their bid after Neilson described it as being ‘knocked out of the ballpark’.
A deal is there to be done and all parties know it suits to get it done at this point, it’s just about finding the right agreement.
With a little over a week remaining in the transfer window, Souttar is closer and closer to wearing blue this season.
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