Jefte Rangers transfer boost as APOEL make admission on left-back

Rangers have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Jefte after APOEL admitted they were still awaiting his response to their offer.

The Light Blues were thought to be close to signing the Brazilian left-back from Fluminense in January only for his Cypriot loan club to block it by refusing to end the temporary arrangement early. It was believed Gers could go back in for him in the summer but in recent days it emerged APOEL had an option to buy and were ready to take it up.

President Prodromos Petrides recently confirmed they had until the end of this month to exercise it, explaining: "We have until May 31 and there is room for the clause. We should have the player's signature. 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."

But now their vice-president has spoken on the situation and revealed they are still waiting to hear back from Jefte. He said: "We put a proposal to him a few days ago but he has yet to respond."

Philippe Clement is in need of a new left-back with Borna Barisic out of contract and thought to be heading to Turkish side Trabzonspor. Ridvan Yilmaz was previously linked with moves away but managed to establish himself in Philippe Clement's side and is now likely to stay.