Rangers have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring James Trafford, a Manchester City loanee currently playing for Bolton Wanderers, but Ian Evatt, the manager of Bolton Wanderers, has stated that he does not believe Trafford will be leaving.
Rangers are in need of a new goalkeeper, as Allan McGregor is set to turn 41 and neither Jon McLaughlin nor Robby McCrorie have proven themselves as first-choice quality.
Trafford, who has previously played for Carlisle United and Accrington Stanley on loan, has yet to make his debut for Manchester City, but has impressed in the Football League and has been with Bolton Wanderers for the current season.
While Trafford signed a five-year contract with Manchester City last summer, it is uncertain whether he will have a future with the team.
Rangers may attempt to convince Manchester City to sell Trafford, but they have been informed that they will have to wait until the end of the season.
“There is no recall option, so James will be here for the rest of the season,” said Evatt.
Evatt has also mentioned that Manchester City does not have a recall clause in Trafford’s loan deal, so it is unlikely that he will be departing in the current month.
This means that Rangers will have to wait until the summer to potentially initiate a move for Trafford as they consider life after McGregor.