America de Cali forward Santiago Moreno’s move to the Portland Timbers looks to have stalled following the interest from Scottish giants Rangers.
The 21-year-old attacker has impressed in his breakthrough season in the Colombian top-tier and is reportedly on the radar of Steven Gerrard’s side, Southampton and Leeds United.
The Gers have already added Fashion Sakala to their offensive end, however, they will be keen to further strengthen his attack for the Champions League group stage.
Reports Stateside had suggested that the forward was set for a move to MLS ahead of the next season, but his agent Romario Castrillon has opened the door to any interested team.
He claimed that it was guaranteed that the player would depart from the Colombian outfits having been dropped from the starting XI.
When asked about the state of play with Portland Timbers, he told El Pais : “There are other possibilities on the table, but the one we are working on at the moment and the closest to a deal is Portland.
‘Santi’ leaves very grateful to the fans of America de Cali, he fulfilled his dreams and understands that leaving young will also allow him to return at a good time.”
On his first-team exile, Castrillon added: “Santiago is training with a special plan while he solves his situation, but all reviewed and endorsed by the coaching staff.
“He has not stopped training because at this time he is still a player for América de Cali.”
Meanwhile. Rangers are allegedly “monitoring” the current situation surrounding Liverpool forward Divock Origi as the Anfield outfit look to sell the Belgian star.
Origi signed for Liverpool in a £10 million deal from Ligue 1 side Lille way back in 2014 with the now 26-year-old forward still a teenager [BBC Sport].
According to 90min.com, the Gers are one of a number of outfits monitoring the Belgian as Jurgen Klopp’s team look to make way for a potential £40m move for Watford and Senegal attacker Ismaila Sarr.