Transfers: Report clarifies situation surrounding Crooks and Windass after Rangers bid is rejected

Rangers will reportedly have to increase their bid for Matt Crooks and Josh Windass.

According to the Daily Mail, Accrington Stanley have rejected Rangers' £400,000 bid to sign Matt Crooks and Josh Windass ahead of schedule.

On Wednesday evening, Rangers confirmed on their official website that Crooks and Windass, both 21, have agreed pre-contract agreements, and will join the Gers on four-year deals in the summer, when their Accrington contracts expire.

It's yet another case of manager Mark Warburton raiding the Football League for new signings, just as he did with Wes Foderingham, Rob Kiernan, James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn over the summer, and both Crooks and Windass are tipped for bright futures after a superb first half of the season.

Central midfielder Crooks, formerly of Huddersfield Town, has chipped in with an impressive seven goals from midfield this term, whilst playmaker Windass - son of former Aberdeen striker Dean Windass - has notched 11 goals for John Coleman's side.

Both players will be key for Rangers next season, but with the pre-contract agreements completed, Warburton may yet be hoping to land the duo this month.

The Daily Mail report that Accrington will receive just £60,000 in compensation for Crooks and Windass, and Rangers have offered the League Two outfit £400,000 to sell the pair now and make almost seven times as much as they're set to earn - but Accrington have rejected the offer.

That means that Rangers will have to increase their bid if they still hold out any hope of signing both players this month, with Accrington seemingly playing hardball having lost their two star players.

But with just £60,000 heading to Accrington in the summer, it may be in their best interests to cash in this month and take the money whilst the can, whilst Rangers would get two players who can help their push for the Scottish Championship title.

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