By George Overhill

19th Apr, 2023 | 5:10pm

Rangers transfer news as Luis Palma asking price emerges amid three rejected bids

Luis Palma will cost Rangers £4.4million if they are to sign the versatile Honduran attacker after scouting him multiple times, Sport Dog reports.

The 23-year-old is attracting widespread attention at Greek play-off team Aris Thessaloniki, with three rival bids of increasing value having been rejected already.

The Gers have already watched him at least twice but will need to meet his €5million valuation to bring him to Ibrox.

Anderlecht, Dynamo Kiev and an unnamed MLS outfit have all made offers, with the Belgian club’s €3million [£2.6million] the highest, but the door remains open for the Light Blues currently.

According to Sport Dog in Greece there is also interest from Brazil, Germany and France for the Honduras international who has scored 10 times in all competitions this season.

However, Aris are seeking a club-record fee to let him go after his value “skyrocketed” in the two years since his €200,000 arrival from CDS Vida [£176,000].

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Clearly Rangers are interested if they have been to watch Palma multiple times, and he has enough about him to have got a host of other sides to already put money on the table.

But for that price Michael Beale is going to need to be pretty sure that he can make a difference to the Gers first team, likely in replacement of Ryan Kent.

A six-cap international, he is averaging roughly a goal or assist every other game across 31 appearances in all competitions this season, which is a solid output.

But whether it translates to the SPFL, and above all to Old Firm derbies, will be what matters if Rangers are going to consider shelling out that much money.

There is sure to be space on the wage bill at Ibrox with so many players in line to leave at the end of their deals, but in terms of actual transfer budget the amount to spend may not be huge.

And with multiple players needed it seems likely that at least a couple will need to be free, or near enough, but Palma certainly looks to be on an upward trajectory so if there is room to negotiate it may be doable.

In other Rangers news, a rival SPFL manager has revealed his surprise at signing a Light Blues player for less money than elsewhere.