Rangers have beaten Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Ianis Hagi, according to a report from The Evening Standard.
The attacking midfielder joined Rangers on loan from Genk during the January transfer window, with the Scottish side having the option to make the deal permanent.
Although he only managed to play seven league games for Steven Gerrard’s men before the suspension of the Scottish league (transfermarkt.com), Hagi still showed glimpses of his quality.
The skilful and versatile Romanian is capable of playing as a number ten, number eight, or on either flank.
The 21-year-old’s agent, Giovani Becali, revealed last month that Tottenham and Manchester City were both interested in the midfielder. He even claimed to have spoken to Jose Mourinho and Manchester City’s Director of Football about Hagi (Record Sport).
However, it now looks as if Rangers have exercised the option to sign the former Fiorentina youngster on a permanent basis, with Genk confirming the news.
Spurs Web Opinion
It is anybody’s guess if we were actually interested in signing Hagi or if the interest was just drummed up by his agent in order to force Rangers’ hand. The latter seems much more likely.
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