The Daily Record is reporting that Rangers hope to complete the signing of Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga later today. The Ibrox club have already failed with two bids to sign the player but they have returned with an improved offer.

It is believed that Mark Warburton, who worked with Diagouraga when he was the manager at the Griffin Park club, have submitted a bid in the region of £500,000. The 28-year-old central midfield player has been an impressive performer for Brentford ever since he signed from Peterborough United in 2010. He played a big part in helping them achieve promotion out of League One and won the Supporters’ Player of the Year award in the same year.

A source close to Brentford revealed that they ideally do not want to lose the player but admits that Diagouraga does like the prospect of linking up with Warburton once again,

“Brentford don’t want to lose him as he’s become such an influential player but Toumani has a strong relationship with Warburton and he likes the idea of being part of what’s going on at Rangers.

The first couple of offers were rejected but a third has now been tabled and it seems as if an agreement is not far away. All going well Toumani could well get his wish before the end of the week.”

It is expected to be a three-year contract that will be offered to the former Hereford United man, assuming that the players passes a medical.

Brentford face Walsall in the FA Cup tomorrow and it will be interesting to see if Diagouraga is involved in the matchday squad. He has been a regular at the heart of the midfield, first under Marinus Djkhuizen, then Lee Carsley and most recently Dean Smith.

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