Rangers are considering the signing of in-demand free agent Alan Hutton, according to Football Insider.
It is bad news for Wigan, Hull and Nottingham Forest, all of whom have made Hutton a target this summer.
West Brom have also been linked with the former Scottish international according to The Sun on Sunday paper [30/6, p.59], and he seemed destined to remain in the Championship.
Despite the interest from top Championship clubs, Rangers may prove too difficult for Hutton to turn down. It is the club he started his career at and considering he is now 34 it would be fitting for him to end his career there too.
The full-back made 88 appearances for the Glasgow club before arriving in England where he has had mixed success.
The opportunity to return to Rangers and work with Steven Gerrard towards a first league title since 2011 would likely be a better challenge than what Championship clubs can offer. After all, he won promotion from the division last season with Aston Villa.
Hutton still has a lot to offer and would be an excellent signing for most Championship clubs, so those mentioned would be missing out on a great player and a great bargain.
He proved last season that he still has what it takes to play a part in a promotion push, and his years of experience and jovial character were no doubt a big factor in creating a strong team spirit at Villa, which ultimately contributed to their promotion.
However, it would be a nice way for Hutton to end his career if he made the return to Rangers, and given that is likely his preferred destination it would take a big offer to persuade him otherwise.