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Wednesday’s Scottish Gossip: Ben Johnson, Matt O’Riley, Fabio Silva, David Moyes, Jack Butland, Jose Cifuentes, Connor Barron, Killian Phillips

Written by on May 1, 2024

Rangers have held talks with right-back Ben Johnson, who has also attracted interest from Crystal Palace and Leeds United, with the 24-year-old expected to leave West Ham United as a free agent at the end of the season after rejecting multiple new contract offers. (The Athletic)external-link

On-loan forward Fábio Silva will not be staying with Rangers next season, but the Portuguese 21-year-old’s future is yet to be discussed with Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Sebastião Sousa Pinto on X)external-link

Jack Butland, the 31-year-old goalkeeper who was targeted by Nottingham Forest in January, has stressed that he remains committed to helping Rangers lift more trophies during the remaining three years of his contract and will not be affected by any fresh speculation about his future at Ibrox this summer. (The Herald)external-link

On-loan Rangers midfielder Jose Cifuentes’ hopes of a permanent move to Cruzeiro are in doubt after legendary striker Ronaldo pulled the plug on his funding of the Brazilian club. (The National)external-link

Internazionale have noted the impact Lewis Ferguson made in Serie A with Bologna after leaving Aberdeen and are monitoring 23-year-old Denmark midfielder Matt O’Riley, who is under contract with Celtic until 2027. (Corriere dello Sport)external-link

Cagliari head coach Claudio Ranieri has made a move for 21-year-old Aberdeen midfielder Connor Barron, who is out of contract this summer but would earn his parent club a compensation fee, a high priority for next season, according to reports in Italy. (Daily Record)external-link

Aberdeen would face competition from clubs in England, the Continent and Major League Soccer should they wish to turn their loan for 22-year-old Crystal Palace midfielder Killian Phillips, who has a year left of his contract with the Premier League club, into a permanent transfer. (TeamTalk)external-link

Amadou Bakayoko, the striker on loan to Dundee, and midfielder Teddy Jenks, who is with Ross County, are being retained by Forest Green Rovers next season along with former St Mirren midfielder Kyle McAllister, former Rangers youth Charlie McCann, one-time Dundee United left-back Jamie Robson and ex-Hibernian striker Christian Doidge after their relegation from League Two. (The Courier)external-link

St Mirren striker Mikael Mandron is being monitored by both Saint-Etienne and Utrecht ahead of a potential summer transfer for the 29-year-old Frenchman. (Football Scotland)external-link

Queens Park Rangers are in talks over a deal for Heart of Midlothian right-back Rocco Friel, but the Edinburgh club want to retain the 17-year-old right-back who is out of contract at the end of the season and would attract training and development compensation if he moves on. (Daily Record)external-link

Lennon Miller, the 17-year-old Scotland youth midfielder, is hopeful “the big move will come one day” but adds that “right now I just want to focus on playing for Motherwell“. (Scottish Sun)external-link

West Ham United head coach David Moyes was the subject of an enquiry from Spartak Moscow earlier this month, with the 61-year-old Scot’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, when a possible exit could be decided after talks with owner David Sullivan. (Daily Mail)external-link

Aberdeen interim manager Peter Leven says Jonny Hayes will continue his dual role as a player and coach at Aberdeen for the rest of the season, but the 36-year-old winger is out of contract in the summer and could return to Celtic as a coach under Brendan Rodgers. (Daily Record)external-link

Hibernian head coach Nick Montgomery has stressed that he was hired to bring “stability” to a club on its fifth team boss in as many years. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

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