Rangers close to signing 26-year-old centre-back

Rangers are set to complete signing of Sweden international Filip Helander, as the Scottish giants are ready to pay around £4 million for the defender.

Steven Gerrard’s latest move shows once again how Newcastle United have been caught napping this summer in the transfer market as the Magpies do not have a manager, with less than a month to go until the deadline.

The Express reported last year that former manager Rafa Benitez had identified Filip Helander as a future Magpies signing.

The problem was that the centre-back had only just signed a new three-year contract at Bologna last summer.

This made a winter move highly unlikely, while Newcastle-based club spent the funds they did have on Miguel Almiron.

Over the past fortnight, Filip Helander has been linked with a move away from the Italian club.

Rangers have used that time to move in, and seemingly secure a deal for the Swede.

Meanwhile, Goal reports that defender Filip Helander has turned down Turkish duo Besiktas and Basaksehir to sign for Rangers – and STV believes his medical is imminent.

The Sweden international has rejected out for Malmo and Hellas Verona but is current with Bologna, where he started 19 league matches last campaign.

The 26-year-old star ended up on the fringes of the club and is now set to move on, with a medical imminent ahead of a £4 million move to the Premiership club.

Intriguingly though, it is also claimed that Filip Helander has rejected two clubs to sign for the Steven Gerrard’s club, turning down Turkish pair Besiktas and Basaksehir for a move to Ibrox.