New York Cosmos not surprised by Niko Kranjcar's Rangers talks, claim he wants to stay

Niko Kranjcar

Rangers are reportedly in talks with Niko Kranjcar.

New York Cosmos' chief operating officer Erik Stover has told STV that he isn't surprised by Rangers' move to land veteran playmaker Niko Kranjcar.

Kranjcar, 31, will be well known to many having been a Premier League star for many years, first joining Portsmouth from Hajduk Split in his native Croatia way back in 2006.

The playmaker hit 12 goals in 98 games for Pompey before following his former boss Harry Redknapp to Tottenham in 2009, scoring 11 goals in 71 appearances for Spurs.

A poor spell with Dynamo Kiev followed, but it wasn't long before he was back in England with QPR - again under Redknapp - as he scored four goals in a two-year loan spell.

Now, the veteran midfielder is in the United States with New York Cosmos, who play in the North American Soccer League, the second division in America.

Another return to Britain could be on the cards though, as the Daily Record report that Kranjcar has held talks with Rangers manager Mark Warburton about a stunning move to Ibrox this summer, as Rangers have returned to the top flight of Scottish football and are looking for new signings.

Now though, the Cosmos have responded, with their chief operating officer Erik Stover telling STV that Kranjcar would actually like to stay in America, and a contract extension is still on the table.

Stover added that he didn't know that Rangers were speaking to Kranjcar about a move, but isn't surprised that Warburton's men are hoping to land the playmaker this summer.

"We are hopeful we can do an extension with Niko but we are aware clubs are interested in him," said Stover. "I think he would like to stay with us, it's a negotiating process. There's an interest from both parties to work something out but time will tell."

"We have been very open with each other from the beginning. Within the next few weeks we'll know, he needs clarity and so do we. He's been an outstanding player on the field and wonderful off it. I wasn't aware of Rangers interest, but I'm not surprised," he added.

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