Rangers swoop for Davies as Bassey leaves
Rangers have agreed a £4 million deal for the Liverpool defender Ben Davies to fill the defensive gap left by Calvin Bassey’s move to Ajax worth in excess of £20m.
Davies, 26, will move to Ibrox for an initial £3 million, plus add-ons of £1 million, having been a target for Celtic 18 months ago. He spent last season on loan at Sheffield United where he made 23 appearances in the Championship.
He can play at centre back or left back and that versatility will appeal to the Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst who has seen 22-year-old Nigerian internationalist Bassey leave the club.
He had been attracting interest after impressing in the run to the Europa League Final.
Rangers paid Leicester City less than £300,000 for the stopper two years ago and the deal will represent a sound piece of business.
Bassey was omitted from Rangers’ squad for the friendly win at Blackpool on Saturday afternoon, fuelling rumours of a deal.
“We felt it was better for all if we left Calvin behind,” said the Ibrox boss, who sold Joe Aribo to Southampton last week for £10m.
“For Calvin it’s a nice move and for the club as well business-wise, it’s what you want to do.”
Ajax will play in the group stages of the Champions League this season after winning the Eredivise title.
Rangers have signed Malik Tillman on loan from Bayern Munich to replace Aribo.
Shankland for Hearts
Hearts are close to signing striker Lawrence Shankland who moved to Beerschot from Dundee United last year and scored five goals in 26 games as they were relegated from Belgium’s top flight.
The 26-year-old has scored once in four Scotland appearances.
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has recruited Alan Forrest, Jorge Grant, Lewis Neilson and Kye Rowles. Alex Cochrane has returned to Tynecastle after being on loan from Brighton last term.