Warburton hoping to seal signing of Wabara
MARK WARBURTON, the Rangers manager, hopes this week to complete the signing of former Manchester City academy player Reece Wabara.
The 23-year-old defender, whose best position is right back, was in Glasgow yesterday for talks and is expected to become the latest new signing to be unveiled at Ibrox.
Wabara made just one first-team appearance for Manchester City, before he joined a number of clubs on loan, the last being with Doncaster Rovers with whom he signed a permanent deal a year ago. He left there in the summer, telling boss Paul Dickov that he wanted to play at a higher level than England’s League One.
While the second tier of Scottish football is perhaps not the promotion he was looking for, this is the kind of player Warburton is looking to sign, one who is young and has plenty to prove.
Wabara, whose father Martin is a half-brother of the ex-Rangers winger Mark Walters, came through the ranks at Manchester City and was named captain of their development squad when he signed a three-year deal in 2011. He spent spells at Ipswich Town, Blackpool and Oldham before moving to Doncaster. The Yorkshire club offered him a new deal at the end of last season but Dickov explained at the time that the player wanted a new challenge.
“We sat down with him and spoke to his representatives and he expressed a desire to perhaps have a look a little higher,” said Dickov. “I respect his opinion and want him to get to a club at a higher level. He’s a fantastic kid who I’ve got a lot of time for and I have wished him all the best for the future.”
Warburton has already signed Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson, both defenders, but with Richard Forster having left Ibrox at the end of the season, another right back is required.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks, 19, is also on Warburton’s radar and he has also been linked with Jason Holt, recently freed by Hearts. The deal to sign veteran John Eustace is also expected to be concluded this week.
Rangers have also signed former West Brom and Stoke City player Jordan Gibson, 17, after a trial.