By Mike Slater

23rd Jul, 2022 | 7:30am

Ross Wilson is set to land his top target as Rangers close in on a deal to sign Besiktas defender Ridvan Yilmaz, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper has reported on its website that the Turkish club have now confirmed that a deal is close for just over £4million after talks were held in recent days.

The deal is now said to be very close, with a medical followed by a five-year contract to be signed in the coming days ahead of the announcement.

Wilson had to move quickly to replace Calvin Bassey who completed his move to Ajax in the past week in a deal worth over £20million for the Bears.

Despite that, they wouldn’t be held to ransom over Yilmaz, and they have worked their magic to drive the price down and seal their replacement.

The 21-year-old arrives a full Turkey international with silverware to his name already from his homeland, as he waved goodbye to his teammates on Friday evening [22 July].


Wilson is the master negotiator, and he continues to prove that with every passing deal.

As if raking in over £20million worth of profit on Bassey wasn’t enough, but he is now delivering another full international for under 25% of that in Yilmaz.

The young defender has admitted that he is making his dreams come true with the move, and will be looking to really push on in the coming years under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

With Ben Davies also coming in after Bassey’s exit, that move has allowed Wilson to strengthen the defence with two new faces rather than just the one.

A new attacking midfielder is next on the list, and it finally now looks as though the squad is getting the refresh that it has been calling for the past couple of years now.

Big things are ahead now, let’s hope that Yilmaz plays a huge part in that.

In other Rangers news, the club are under no pressure to sell Glen Kamara this summer.