Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he would be keen to bring Dominic Ball back to the club this summer.
Warburton - a boyhood Spurs fan - managed to secure two deals for Tottenham players on loan last summer, as defender Ball and winger Nathan Oduwa both penned season-long deals with Rangers.
Oduwa started the season on fire, dazzling the Ibrox crowd and tormenting defences, before gradually fading and falling out of the first team, before returning to White Hart Lane in January.
Conversely, 20-year-old Ball - who had a loan spell with Cambridge United last season - started the season slowly before carving out a role for himself not in defence, but in midfield, much like Tottenham star Eric Dier has this term.
Ball is now a valuable squad player at Rangers, but his loan deal expires at the end of the season, and he is due to return to Tottenham this summer.
Now, manager Warburton, who is closing in on the Scottish Championship title and Rangers' subsequent promotion back to the top flight of Scottish football, has been asked about what the future holds for Ball in Glasgow.
Warburton told the Glasgow Evening Times that he would be interested in bringing Ball back to Ibrox this summer once his loan deal ends, and will discuss the player's future with Tottenham at the end of the season, even though they are in regular dialogue with Mauricio Pochettino's side.
"Dom is a Spurs player, like Gedion (Zelalem) with Arsenal," said Warburton. "Our job is to maintain dialogue and keep proving we can deliver an environment for these players. I’ve been delighted with Dom. He has settled in well and is well liked by the squad. He shows a great attitude every day in training and his desire to learn is evident."
"I would have no hesitation [in bringing him back], but right now he is a Spurs player. He will go back and we’ll chat to Spurs about where we are for next season. Spurs send staff up all the time. Dean Rastrick was up two weeks ago and we had some lunch, chatting about the relationship."
"As a loan club, Rangers provides a unique environment of playing in front of 50,000 people. How many places does that happen? It is a huge benefit for us. They see the facilities here as being like a Premier League club. The way we play also hopefully works out well for those clubs. But we have to respond to their feedback and make sure they know all they need to know. If we can do that and strengthen the relationship then we will be in a good place," he added.
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