Aston Villa’s Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is being eyed by Ranger over a potential move next summer according to a report from the Daily Mail.
While the 18-year-old striker is yet to become a household name yet, though he has already made a few appearances off the bench in the last few years, the coaching staff at Aston Villa have labeled him as one of their hottest prospects and believe he could break into the first team in the coming years. However his contract is set to expire next summer and while Villa have begun talks to get him to sign a new deal, there currently is no movement.
And so Rangers are looking to move in and try to persuade Hepburn-Murphy to move up to Glasgow. And while there is a rule that means you have to pay other teams compensation should you sign a player aged under 24 as their contract expires, this is minimal when a team moves to another country, as this would be. Rangers have already found success in exploiting this rule as they were able to sign Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool and Joseph Dodoo from Leicester City on the cheap because of these compensation rules.
However there will be no movement on this deal until January at least. Transfer rules state that Hepburn-Murphy can only start talks with other clubs until January, and that will only be non-English sides. That means Aston Villa have two months to get him to sign a new longer deal before other sides come in and compete for his signature.