Rangers look set to land Leicester midfielder Andy King on loan, according to The Athletic journalist Rob Tanner.
Tanner, who covers Leicester for the new sports outlet, said a loan deal “could get done in the next couple of days”.
Tanner posted the tweet on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon and said it would be a “good move” for the 30-year-old.
— Rob Tanner (@RobTannerLCFC) August 14, 2019
TiF Tactics – A good move for Rangers?
Wales international King came up through the youth ranks at Leicester after switching from the Chelsea set-up. He’s been at the midlands club ever since but spent the second half of the 17/18 season at Swansea and the second half of last season at Derby. He made four appearances for Frank Lampard’s side and 11 for Swansea in the Premier League.
He’s a very experienced player – 94 games in the Premier League and 50 for his country, although he’s missed the last three Euro 2020 qualifiers.
However, his time is up at Leicester and it’s claimed that Brendan Rodgers has given him permission to talk to Rangers. [BBC]
That’s noteworthy in itself after Rodgers left Celtic to join Leicester last season. It’s unlikely to win him back any Celtic fans although the Rangers support might soften a bit towards him.
Lampard was delighted to sign him at Derby and he would likely have played much more there but for an ankle injury that ended his season.
Talking in the Leicester Mercury, Lampard said, “It was a difficult one for us because it was a deal that would have been difficult for us to do.
“Leicester helped us, really, in that way, so we managed to get him in and he’s a great addition for us in terms of numbers in midfield.”
According to Spotrac, King is on £40k-a-week so Rangers would need help from Leicester too.
And, while they’re not short on numbers in midfield, they’re set for another gruelling season of playing Thursdays in the Europa and Sundays in the Premiership. Depth in the squad is essential and King could definitely do a job at very little risk to the club.
If he joins he’ll become Gerrard’s 10th signing of the summer and while he’s scored 62 goals for Leicester (and is their highest-scoring midfielder) he plays a deeper role now.
He’s unlikely to start with Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara all similar players but he’s a neat passer of the ball and could add some goals. We think he’ll be a good addition.