By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

12th Jan, 2023 | 1:06pm

Rangers to offer short-term contract to Todd Cantwell as pundit reacts to advanced talks with Norwich ace

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Tam McManus believes Todd Cantwell will be a good fit at Rangers with advanced talks reportedly underway to sign the midfielder from Norwich this month.

The 4th Official reported on 9 January that the Gers are “convinced” the English Championship will agree a nominal fee to sell the 24-year-old this month as his contract at Carrow Road expires in the summer.

Michael Beale’s side has been rocked by a season-ending injury to Steven Davis in the last month while there are other players in the Gers midfield who are either ageing, reaching the end of their deals or underperforming.

Cantwell can add much-needed legs to Beale’s midfield, according to McManus, while the ex-England Under-21 international can also play out wide on the left wing.

McManus also believes that injury issues for Cantwell may mean that a short-term deal is likely to be offered, rather than a longer one.

“I think he’d be a good signing,” McManus told Ibrox News.

He’s 24 years old and he’s had some injury issues over the last 18 months, which could be a concern for Rangers.

I don’t know the ins and outs of the deal but I think they’d avoid a long-term contract just in case he picks up any further injuries.

I like the look of the lad, he looked a right top player in the Premier League. He looked like he could’ve gone and played for England.

There’s still a lot to come from him in his career. He’s played at a good level for the last few years so he’d be a good signing for Rangers.

If he’s fit and he’s ready to come up and play, he can add some energy to the midfield.”

Cantwell has played 19 times in all competitions for Norwich this season, starting just nine games in the Championship.

He’s not featured for the Canaries since 12 November and was an unused substitute for the defeat to Watford on 2 January.

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