Kilmarnock will reject Rangers’ bid of around £500,000 for Jordan Jones and instead hold out for £1m, according to the Daily Mail’s Stephen McGowan.
No reason to doubt the source, and if it’s as simple as that, then they can probably keep him. However, there is a decent chance they’re highballing of course, and the result will be that this drags on for a while and we meet somewhere in the middle. It remains to be seen.
One issue is that Jones, for all his talents, is certainly not worth £1m to a club that already has the most productive winger in the league in Daniel Candeias, Josh Windass having a fine season, and who have just acquired Jamie Murphy for the opposite flank. This is a big window for us, but we’re certainly not about to drop a million on a player who is unlikely to be starting for us.
To top it off, Steve Clarke was coming out with some nonsense attempting to guilt-trip the player by suggesting that a low bid would make him feel undervalued. Maybe Kilmarnock demanding £1m for a player they pay peanuts who is out of contract in the summer is another thing Jones might wish to think about, but that’s not for us to say.
If that’s the case, then Rangers could just hold off until summer to try and get him at a cheaper price. There have been murmurings of interest from south of the border, but so far nothing concrete has emerged.
So, all in all, a slightly tricky one. We’d probably just expect this to drag on for most of this January at the very least. As always, we’ll keep you updated on any developments.