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sport news Rangers closing in on deal for Brighton's Jamie Murphy 

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

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 because his improved displays with Rangers could land him a bigger move.

Former Rangers and midfielder Alex Rae was hugely impressed with Tavernier’s performance in the goalless draw at Celtic Park last Saturday.

Sportsmail understands the two clubs are close to reaching an agreement for the 28-year-old

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