Stoke City: Potters close to making Rangers Jamie Ness first signing of summer
STOKE City are today closing in on the signing of Glasgow Rangers midfielder Jamie Ness on a free transfer.
The club have been making sure they've got a strong legal case for signing the 21-year-old as a free agent following threats of compensation demands from north of the border.
Ness has exercised his right to terminate his contract with the soon-to-be liquidated Rangers. However, that has prompted threats of legal action from Charles Green, whose consortium will set up a new Rangers club and want to keep Ness's contract.
However, Stoke's case looks stronger after Ness's team-mate , defender Steven Whittaker, joined Norwich at the weekend after also announcing he didn't want to transfer his contract to the new Rangers club.
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Norwich are now waiting for the Scottish FA to approve the move and transfer Whittaker's registration.
Meanwhile, striker Kyle Lafferty is expected to be unveiled by FC Sion of Switzerland after also arguing he is a free agent because his contract was with the old Rangers club.
Ness is expected to sign a four-year deal with the Potters after his right to move on a free transfer was backed by the Scottish and English players' unions as well as FifPro, the Federation of International Footballers' Unions.
FifPro say Green's threat to sue players who refuse to transfer their contracts to the new Rangers club amounts to "modern slavery".
As well as being prepared to risk a legal battle, Ness will also be determined to prove his fitness having missed most of last season through a groin injury. He has made just 18 appearances in the last 18 months.
The left-footed midfielder can play in the centre or out wide and City would like him in the squad by the time they return for pre-season training next week.