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Jamie Murphy’s move to Rangers stalls as Brighton demand proof of funds

Jamie Murphy

Jamie Murphy’s move to Rangers looks to have stalled after parent club Brighton demanded that the Ibrox side provide proof of funds before a deal for the former Motherwell player is completed.

Murphy had travelled to Glasgow on Thursday to finalise his move to Rangers, before passing a medical later that day. With a three and a half year deal agreed with his boyhood club, Murphy was expected to be unveiled as a Rangers player before the squad flew out this weekend to play in the Florida Cup.

But now the 28-year-old is playing a waiting game after Brighton reportedly demanded assurances that the Ibrox club could pay the transfer fee – reportedly around £1.5 million along with the fee up front.

It is reported that the Ibrox side want to pay the transfer fee over long term instalments which the Brighton club are refusing to accept.

Some journalists had already announced that the deal had been done and dusted earlier in the week, with Radio Clyde and Evening Times pundit Derek Johnstone one who claimed ‘fair play to Rangers for spending a bit of money. Most people thought they didn’t have any cash to spent. But they clearly do. It shows how keen they are to improve and finish in second spot at the very least this season’.

While former Scotsport presenter [now at Sky Sports] Jim White claimed that a deal had already been finalised for an undisclosed fee – despite reports to the contrary:

Meanwhile Michael O’Halloran and Andy Halliday, recalled from loans, travelled with the Rangers squad to Florida along with newly appointed assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl.

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