Jefte and Jose Cordoba Rangers transfer bulletin as roadblock thrown up and defender left out of squad pre-move

Rangers could be scuppered in their move to sign Jefte this summer as APOEL plan to trigger his release clause.

The left-back was close to a switch to Glasgow back in January only for the Cypriot club to not play ball with their loan star. The club had him in the door on a short-term basis from Fluminense who had reportedly agreed a deal with the Light Blues. For that to be rubber-stamped, APOEL would have had to allow his early exit from his loan contract but they refused and that forced Philippe Clement to instead do a handshake deal for a summer move to remain available.

Now, though, that could also hit a bump with APOEL president Prodromos Petrides declaring plans to activate the clause that was initially part of his loan.

"We have until May 31 and there is room for the clause. We should have the player's signature," Petrides told radio station Super Sport FM.

"We have sent the message to Fluminense to exercise the right to acquire the player. It's not an easy deal to fund but we have covered huge sums for debts. We have a much better financial situation to manage."

Meanwhile centre-half target Jose Cordoba is looking like a slightly easier move to get over the line after he was left out of Levski Sofia's clash with Cherno More. The Panamanian international trained in the build-up and was available but was omitted from the squad to keep him fit and able to make the eventual reported £3million exit to Ibrox.

Cordoba, 23, had been a guest at Rangers' 4-1 win over Kilmarnock just last week.