Rangers push Hutton back to Tottenham

Rangers want Alan Hutton to accept a move to Tottenham, it has been revealed.

The Times says Rangers are pressing ahead with plans to sell Hutton to Tottenham Hotspur for £8 million, despite public noises to the contrary from Ibrox, and in spite of the player's initial reluctance to leave Glasgow for White Hart Lane and the Barclays Premier League.

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Sir David Murray met Hutton yesterday morning in Edinburgh and the Rangers chairman is understood to have made it plain to the Scotland defender that the Tottenham offer made good sense for both clubs and the player.

There has been exaggerated talk of what Hutton will be paid in terms of wages by Spurs, though he can still expect to earn almost double what he is currently on at Ibrox - believed to be around £10-12,000 - if the deal goes through. Rangers have asked the 23-year-old to rethink his initial rejection of the move, and the player is now reconsidering his position.

Hutton could be a Tottenham player by the end of this week, with Rangers even ready to offer the player a financial inducement to go as part of the transaction. The Ibrox club are happy for Hutton to leave because they feel that an offer of £8 million - with the possibility of a Tottenham player, maybe Wayne Routledge, being thrown into the deal - is too good to turn down.

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