Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has shut down reports that the club were considering a move for Wigan Athletic midfielder Nick Powell during the January transfer window.
The Scottish Sun reported on Sunday that the Gers were ready to offer him a pre-contract deal, competing with the likes of Celtic and RB Leipzig for his signature.
However, that was all news to Ibrox boss Gerrard, who told Sky Sports: “It’s the first I’ve heard of it.”
On the face of it, a move for Powell would be an exciting one given his contribution to Wigan over the last couple of years.
He scored 15 goals from midfield last season, helping his club gain promotion to the English Championship.
The 24-year-old has had his injury issues this term but has still contributed with four goals and five assists.
With Rangers crying out for an effective link between midfield and attack, Powell could be a strong contender for a starting spot in Gerrard’s first-team and as a bargain buy could be a brilliant bit of business.
Whether Gerrard is playing it cool for effect or is genuinely not interested remains to be seen, but it’s one to watch.