Rangers' January transfer window is off to a bang, as having made two signings already in Harry Forrester and Maciej Gostomski, we now have confirmation that moves for two more players are in progress.
There's already been plenty of speculation that we'll be making a bid for Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass and Matt Crooks, and now the majority shareholder of the League Two club, Andy Holt, has confirmed it.
Holt took to Twitter to share the news, saying:
@ASFCofficial @TomBarclay_SUN @BumbleCricket I have been informed today that rangers are talking to Josh and Crooksey about a move 1/3— AndyMBE (@AndyhHolt) January 4, 2016
@ASFCofficial @TomBarclay_SUN @BumbleCricket from end of season. This is unsolicited and is being done under FIFA international regs 2/3— AndyMBE (@AndyhHolt) January 4, 2016
@ASFCofficial @TomBarclay_SUN @BumbleCricket regs. that I totally disagree with. You know as much as I do now. Come on Stanley.— AndyMBE (@AndyhHolt) January 4, 2016
The 'regulations' Holt is talking about are the ones that govern the fees paid by young players who leave on free transfers, which can be significantly less if the player joins a club in another country.
Whether 4th-tier players in England are of the required standard to help us challenge for the title (which is surely our aim, even signing players now) remains to be seen. Both seem to be highly-rated, and we've heard that they were targets for a host of Championship clubs, but so far it seems that nobody else is likely to make a move.