Rangers are closing in on their first signing of 2018 as a £1million-plus deal for Jamie Murphy nears completion.
The former Motherwell and Sheffield United attacker, a key player in Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League last season, has managed only a handful of appearances for Chris Hughton’s men in the top flight.
Left out of the squad for Monday's 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouth, the boyhood Rangers fan has long featured on the wanted list drawn up by Ibrox director of football Mark Allen.
Rangers are close to completing a £1million-plus deal for Brighton winger Jamie Murphy
With Josh Windass still the subject of interest from Preston North End, the need for a goal-scoring wide man could soon become even more pressing.
And Sportsmail understands that Rangers and Brighton are close to reaching an agreement for the 28-year-old.
While Murphy returns north, Ibrox full-back James Tavernier has been urged to reject the chance to join English Championship strugglers Sunderland because his improved displays with Rangers could land him a bigger move.
Former Rangers and Sunderland midfielder Alex Rae was hugely impressed with Tavernier’s performance in the goalless draw at Celtic Park last Saturday.
Sportsmail understands the two