Can Rangers sleep easy despite Aston Villa's Alfredo Morelos links?

Rangers fans pour out of the stand onto the pitch as Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish...

Championship promotion chasers Aston Villa are desperate for a new striker in January but will Rangers' Alfredo Morelos still be on their radar?

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers reacts during the Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Aston Villa were one of a number of Championship clubs keeping a close eye on Alfredo Morelos following his superb start to life at Rangers.

According to The Scotsman in October, Villa scouts were in attendance as the Colombian hitman scored his sixth goal in six games for The Gers in a 2-2 league draw away at Partick Thistle.


A £1 million signing from Finnish outfit HJK Helsinki according to the Daily Record, Morelos looked like being the bargain of the season up in Scotland.

And though the 21-year-old has been far less consistent since, he still has an impressive 10 goals in all competitions since moving to Rangers – his instinctive poaching and aggressive leading of the line explaining exactly why Villa were checking in.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers Cedric Kipre of Motherwell during the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Though it appears that Rangers can sleep a little easier now with the January window just a few weeks away. Because Aston Villa owner Tony Xia admitted to the Birmingham Mail last week that Financial Fair Play restrictions mean the Championship promotion chasers will be unable to spend big in the New Year.

Instead, Villa will be limited to short-term loan deals with the likes of Lewis Grabban and Leonardo Ulloa linked with temporary moves to the Midlands.

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

And while Villa would surely love to sign Morelos, particularly with last season’s top scorer Jonathan Kodjia out for a few months thanks to a broken ankle, it goes without saying that Rangers have absolutely no reason to let their prized asset leave on loan.

Instead, Rangers would no doubt ask for far more than the £1 million they paid for Morelos – a fee Villa simply cannot afford right now.

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