By Sam Stone

2nd May, 2023 | 8:40am

Aston Villa deny Rangers Tim Iroegbunam transfer talks amid Ibrox development

Aston Villa have denied that Rangers are in contact over a move for midfielder Tim Iroegbunam, according to the Daily Record.

Reports suggest (1 May) that Michael Beale is a huge admirer of the 19-year-old midfielder, who he managed during his time at QPR. It’s believed the Gers were exploring a potential deal for the England under-20 international.

However, the Daily Record now claim (1 May) that billionaire-owned Villans have suggested there has been no “contact” with Rangers and that Iroegbunam will return for pre-season training, with Unai Emery yet to see the 19-year-old at close quarters.

Makes sense

A move for the 19-year-old certainly makes sense. He’s played under Beale both at QPR and Villa. Furthermore, considering his tender age, he’s experienced. A full season in the Championship would’ve done wonders for his development, and it’s easy to see why the Villans would be eager to take a close look at him during pre-season training.

From Rangers’ perspective, Iroegbunam will probably be a long-term transfer pursuit. Premier League youngsters often leave their respective clubs in the latter stages of transfer windows, so Beale may have to hold his nerve on this one.

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Potentially another loan move could well be in the offing. He’s still extremely young and Villa may not want to lose him permanently before he’s fully developed.

Beale’s connections could certainly stand him in good stead here. He was highly thought of at Villa Park so Iroegbunam probably won’t be the only player Beale is targeting from the Premier League club.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player this week.