Out Of One Pool And Into Another

21 July 2010 06:47
Danny Wilson misses out on Australia as he prepares for a move to Liverpool Rangers have finally agreed to sell defender Danny Wilson to Liverpool, in a deal worth up to £5million. Wilson has been on the radar of a number of clubs for a while now with Liverpool never making any secret of their interest. Wilson did not join the Rangers squad on their pre-season tour, heading to Australia last night, which is always a sign of things happening very quickly. Rangers chief executive Martin Bain said: "We have agreed a deal in principle with Liverpool for the transfer of Danny Wilson. Liverpool's offer will see the club receive £2million up front with add-ons linked to games played, taking the total value of the deal to £5million." Rangers thought a move was on the cards towards the end of last season after they could not persuade the centre-back to agree a new deal. With Rafael Benitez leaving Liverpool, Rangers thought the deal was dead but new manager Roy Hodgson has approved the move and Wilson could join Joe Cole and his new team-mates at their Swiss training camp. Bain, who last week oversaw the £2million sale of midfielder Kevin Thomson to Middlesbrough, went on: "Danny was entering the final year of his contract with the club and had indicated that he felt it was in his interests to move on. Given that and the value of the offer from Liverpool, it was deemed appropriate to accept that offer given the player wanted to go. We are aware that with Kevin Thomson and Danny leaving the club in the last week that there is a need to add to the first team squad. Our efforts remain focused on doing that during this transfer window. We have been active in that regard with the resources that we have and we do recognise that we have to add to a squad that is light in numbers." Wilson made his debut in October 2009 and went on to make 25 appearances, which included Champions League games. The Scotland Under-19 international won both the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers' young player of the year awards. Wilson is the seventh first-team player to leave Ibrox this summer after Stevie Smith, DaMarcus Beasley, Nacho Novo, Kris Boyd and Thomson. However, central defence is an area of relative strength for Rangers manager Walter Smith. He will have Andy Webster back after a season-long loan spell at Dundee United to join David Weir and Madjid Bougherra. Algeria defender Bougherra, who suffered an injury-hit campaign last season, joined up with his team-mates at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday afternoon after returning from World Cup duty. Editor Ger Harley (ger@scottishfitba net)Admin Team (admin@scottishfitba net)This is Scottish-Fitba Net