Glasgow giants Rangers have completed the signing of Port Vale goalkeeper Jak Alnwick for a reported £250,000 transfer fee according to the Daily Record.

The 23-year-old Hexham born stopper moves to Ibrox on a three-and-a-half year deal and is set to replace second choice keeper Matt Gilks in the Rangers squad with the former Blackpool keeper expected to join Sky Bet Championship club Wigan Athletic.

Alnwick is set to complete with both Wes Foderingham and Robbie McCrorie for The Gers’ number one jersey.

The youngster is a product of the Newcastle United academy system and the player spent the early days of his career on loan at Gateshead and Bradford City. Alnwick made eight senior appearances for Newcastle United during the 2014/2015 season however the keeper was not offered a new deal at St James’ Park.

After leaving The Magpies, Alnwick went on trial with Leeds United but failed to earn a contract with The Whites and joined Port Vale on a short term deal. The keeper took little time to impress at Vale Park and was soon offered a long term deal with The Valiants. Alnwick went on to make 79 appearances for Port Vale while he was named the club’s Young Player of the Year last season.


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