Rangers are set to sign Ben Davies for £4million from Liverpool to replace Ajax-linked Calvin Bassey… with the Reds set to make a big profit on the former Preston centre-back despite him never played for the first team
- Rangers are close to signing defender Ben Davies from Liverpool for £4million
- Ibrox squad want 26-year-old to replace outgoing Calvin Bassey
- England’s Davies played 23 games on loan at Sheffield United last season
Rangers are close to signing defender Ben Davies for £4m from Liverpool.
The Ibrox club have decided to secure the Englishman as a direct replacement for Calvin Bassey, with the Nigerian international arriving in Amsterdam to complete his £20million move to Ajax.
Davies, 26, had plenty of options south of the border but jumped at the chance to move to Scotland after failing to make the breakthrough at Anfield after joining last summer.
Having come through the system at Preston North End, he had loan spells at York, Tranmere, Southport, Newport County and Fleetwood.
Ben Davies looks set to move to Rangers after being left out of Liverpool’s pre-season plans
Davies played 23 games on loan at Sheffield United last season after struggling at Anfield
Linked to Celtic a year ago, he moved to Liverpool for £500,000 but was unable to establish himself under Jurgen Klopp. Davies (pictured) played 23 games while on loan at Sheffield United last season but has now agreed to put down roots by signing a long-term deal with Rangers
It is understood that Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Stoke and Burnley were all in the running for his signature. Davies’ capture comes after Giovanni van Bronckhorst secured the services of John Souttar, Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Malik Tillman and Rabbi Matondo.
The Dutchman’s squad overhaul has already seen Cedric Itten, Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo leave, with Bassey set to join them in a deal that will crush the club’s existing record of £12million for Nathan Patterson. Tillman, the 20-year-old midfielder who has been on loan from Bayern Munich, is aiming to play in the World Cup at the end of this year.
Although born in Germany, he made his first appearance for the United States earlier this year thanks to his American father.
He believes his move to Rangers can now boost his chances of moving to Qatar in November.
Malik Tillman played for Germany’s youth teams but now wants to be part of the USA squad for the World Cup
“The World Cup is coming and I want to be there,” Tillman told RangersTV. “But I have to play more games at club level, at the highest level possible, that’s why I made the choice to go and join the United States. They immediately wanted to include me. The German (option) was maybe in two years.
Although he arrives with a reputation for being versatile, Tillman is expected to replace playmaker Aribo as a key creative influence in Ibrox’s attack.
He added: “I usually play as a ten or eight so I’m creative, good at scoring and assisting goals.
“Gio is a great coach. He was a great player, he played for Barcelona. I can learn a lot from him. I can’t wait to play for this huge club.