Rangers are taking on Newcastle United and Southampton in the race to sign Carlisle United centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (1/12; page 67).
The 17-year-old has made six appearances in League Two this season. He went into this campaign still awaiting the chance to make his senior debut. But it has not taken long for Branthwaite to gain some high-profile admirers.
The Sun on Sunday (1/12; page 67) reports that the Gers and Magpies have been tracking the teenager. However, it is suggested that another side leads the chase.
According to the report, it is Southampton who currently find themselves in pole position to sign the defender.
It is noted that the Saints are desperate to uncover some bargains for English youngsters, and it appears that Branthwaite ticks the boxes for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
It is an extremely positive sign for Rangers that Premier League sides are also tracking Branthwaite. Signing young players is always a gamble, so it is encouraging that the likes of Southampton and Newcastle are interested.
Steven Gerrard’s men appear to have pulled off a coup in the summer by bringing George Edmundson to Ibrox from England’s lower leagues. The former Oldham man has shown a lot of promise during the early stages of his Rangers spell.
Branthwaite is at a different stage in his career. But that should certainly leave the Light Blues with some confidence about pursuing a deal for the Carlisle man.