Transfer Weekly (#3)

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Ángel Rodríguez:

Angel is a 30 year old Spaniard who plays for Real Zaragoza in the Segunda division (second tier). His contract is set to expire in the summer and reports in Spain suggest that there are tensions between the player and the club in terms of contract negotiations.

Since 2015 he has made 71 appearances and scored 32 times. Rangers sent their scouts to watch Zaragoza’s penultimate game of the season, an away trip to Girona. It is thought that our scouts were impressed by what they saw.

Angel had a great season in 2016/17, scoring 21 goals and assisting 4 times in the 39 games he played in the league. With 21 goals Angel was just 2 goals shy of being the league’s top goalscorer. Quite an impressive stat considering he did it in a struggling Zaragoza side who, like us managed to stay up by 2 points.

Whilst Angel is slightly older, his experience and ability to find the net would be useful going forward. Considering he is likely to be a free agent come July, this is a move I would like to see the Rangers hierarchy go for. A 20 goal a season man in a struggling side, coming at a transfer fee of £0 is the kind of sustainable business that Les Ferdinand and Lee Hoos always talk of.

Alongside Conor, Sylla and Smith, I think we would look a lot better going into next season. Hopefully some extra competition would also bring the best out of the strikers already at the club.

David Cotterill:

Cotterill is a 29 year old winger for Birmingham City who has won 24 caps for Wales. He has spent 3 years at the Blues, playing 96 times and scoring 14 times.

In the lead up to Euro 2016 Cotterill was one Birmingham’s star men. That summer in France he was part of Chris Coleman’s Wales squad that reached the semi-finals.

However, ex boss Gianfranco Zola got rid of Cotterill in the January window, with Cotterill leaving for Bristol City. Appearing 13 times he managed to score 2 goals and play his part in helping the club secure their Championship status at least for another year.

His contract does not run out until the summer of 2018. Although, it is thought that Birmingham have told the player that he is surplus to requirements. Whilst this potentially makes the R’s pursuit easier, we do face competition from Derby County for his signature.

Fred Onyedinma:

Onyedinma is only 20 years old but since his debut in 2014 has gone on to make over 100 appearances for Millwall. He is widely regarded as one of most promising young players in the football league. Before signing a 2 year deal in 2015, it was reported that Liverpool and Arsenal were tracking his progress.

Although Millwall won promotion to the Championship via the play-off final in May, there is speculation regarding the number 10s future at the club. Although he played 54 times last season, towards the back end of the campaign perhaps he did not play as much as he would have liked.

Millwall boss Neil Harris has recently talked of the clubs hopes of keeping Onyedinma. Although, if this is a viable transfer the R’s are likely to face competition from Watford, Brentford and Hull.

Ashley Smith-Brown:

Smith-Brown is a 21 year old who was born in Manchester and came through the academy at Manchester City after joining as a 5 year old. He is primarily a left back but can operate at right full back and in central midfield. He has represented England from U16 level through to U20, scoring 2 goals throughout the four year period.

Last season he was sent on loan to NAC Breda, a side in the Dutch Eerste (second tier) to gain some experience of first team football. He made 29 appearances and scored 1 goal.

Although, the coaching staff at Manchester City want him to gain more experience in a more physical and perhaps competitive league, preferably on home soil.

If the R’s want to sign Smith-Brown they are in competition with a number of clubs, including Barnsley, Wigan, MK Dons and Hearts, all recently linked with City’s young prospect.

Salvatore Monaco:

Monaco is a 24 year old Italian defender who plays as a centre-back. He currently plays for Perugia in Italy’s second tier, Serie B. He made 33 appearances in all competitions as Perugia narrowly missed out on achieving promotion to Serie A.

Monaco is out of contract this summer and it is thought that he is looking to progress his personal development. Whilst the player is relatively unknown, standing at 6ft 3 and a half, he could bring some much needed physical presence to the squad.