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PORT VALE KNOCK BACK RANGERS KEEPER BID AS HILL’S IBROX FUTURE REMAINS UNCERTAIN

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RANGERS boss Mark Warburton has had a £250,000 bid for Port Vale goalkeeper Jak Alnwick rejected.

The Ibrox club hoped to conclude the deal ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline to replace back-up Matt Gilks, who has been linked with a move to Wigan.

Alnwick is thought to have a release clause in his contract, which has 18 months left to run. Warburton believes he has offered enough to activate it, but Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite claimed the deal was not yet assured due to the payment terms offered by the Ibrox management.unspecified-4

He said: “We received a bid for the player however the terms were not acceptable.”

Ex-Newcastle shotstopper Alnwick, 23, made six appearances for the St James’s Park side before being released.

He joined Vale at the start of last season and has earned praise for his consistency in League One.

Meanwhile, centre-back Clint Hill admitted he has yet to hear about a new contract from the club.

Warburton is keen to retain the 38-year-old and fellow-veteran Kenny Miller, 37, beyond the remaining five months of their existing deals.

Hill said: “I think I can still do it. What level it will be, I don’t know and where it will be I don’t know.

‘I have heard nothing about a new contract, but that is up to Rangers and the powers-that-be.

‘I love it here. At my age, to be playing in front of 50-odd thousand every other week is something that dreams are made of.’

The Ibrox club are to pay tribute to former striker Billy Simpson, who has died at the age of 87.

Signed in 1950 by Bill Struth, the Northern Irishman went on to score 163 goals in 239 appearances.

A minute’s silence in his memory will be observed when Ross County visit Ibrox a week on Saturday.
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