Rangers-linked Niko Kranjcar remains in talks with New York Cosmos over new deal

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the bench

Recent reports have suggested that the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder could be set for a move to Ibrox when his current contract with the NASL club expires this summer.

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in action

New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese has told Empire of Soccer that the club remain in talks with Niko Kranjcar about extending his spell in the USA despite suggestions that the Croatian midfielder could be set for a move to Rangers.

Kranjcar, 31, originally began training with the Cosmos in late February after being released by Dynamo Kiev before later signing a short-term deal for the 10-game 2016 NASL Spring Season.

The former Tottenham Hotspur man has since featured seven times for the US second tier side, recording one goal and one assist, but he is now expected to spend four to six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a quad strain only four minutes into last Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Joe Cole's Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The injury means he is unlikely to play another game for the club before his deal ends in July, and reports over recent weeks have suggested that his future could now lie in Scotland.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

The Daily Record claimed earlier this month that the 81-times capped international has held talks with Rangers manager Mark Warburton about a summer move to Ibrox, while the Daily Mail have since gone as far as to suggest that a deal is on the verge of being agreed.

However, despite the rumours, Savarese insists that the Cosmos are hopeful of keeping the former FA Cup winner at James M. Shuart Stadium for the entire 2016 campaign and have held recent talks with him about extending his deal.

“We’re still talking to him about the possibility of keeping him for the future,” he told Empire of Soccer: “He is a valuable player for us and more than a valuable player, a great person; the kind of person we want to keep with the club.

“So we are definitely interested in him staying with us.”

On Kranjcar’s injury, Savarese added: “We need to do the right therapy and most likely he will do therapy here, a little bit therapy away from us. He has some specialists that he knows very well.

“Hopefully he can go through the proper treatment in order to be able to come back as soon as possible.”

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