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Report: Rangers defeat Everton and Leeds in quest to sign Blackpool starlet Tony Weston

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Report: Rangers defeat Everton and Leeds in quest to sign Blackpool starlet Tony Weston

The 16-year-old is set to complete a deal in the next 24 hours.

Rangers have beaten off competition from three Premier League clubs to secure the signing of Blackpool starlet Tony Weston.

According to the Blackpool Gazette, the youngster will move to Ibrox for a fee in the region of £250,000.

Southampton, Everton and Leeds were all interested in the youngster but their loss now looks like Steven Gerrard’s gain.

The forward has been unable to sign professional terms with Blackpool as his 17th birthday isn’t until September.

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With the rules slightly different in Scotland, however, Weston is able to sign on the dotted line at Rangers.

Weston has excelled with the youth team at Bloomfield Road, hitting 14 goals during 2019/20.

 

He is likely to join up with the Rangers B team in the first instance, with the hope of impressing Gerrard in the future.

The young forward made his first-team debut for the Tangerines during the closing stages of an FA Cup win over Maidstone United in December.

A Liverpool-born player, Weston was praised for his ‘good movement’ and ‘enthusiasm’ by former Blackpool boss Simon Grayson (Blackpool Gazette).

Rangers have also added Ross County teenager James Graham to their ranks this summer, with both he and Weston now hoping to impress at Ibrox.

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Although Gerrard would desperately love to add to his first-team ranks before the big kick-off, it’s fair to say the future looks bright.

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Weston looks like an exciting player, one who is determined, enthusiastic and confident.

Rangers have a proud history when it comes to nurturing younger players and Gerrard will no doubt be excited to see what they are capable of.

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