Rangers are locked in a battle with Spartak Moscow for the capture of Croatian defender Nikola Katic.

The Ibrox club are poised to finalise a £3million deal for Brighton centre-half Connor Goldson this week.

But boss Steven Gerrard also has an interest in Katic, a former Under-21 international capped for the first time by Croatia’s senior side last May.

Croatian club Slaven Belupo are seeking a fee of around £2m for the 21-year-old.

Rangers are locked in a battle with Spartak Moscow for Croatian defender Nikola Katic

Rangers are locked in a battle with Spartak Moscow for Croatian defender Nikola Katic

Rangers are locked in a battle with Spartak Moscow for Croatian defender Nikola Katic

And the defender’s agent Mladen Kliskinic will fly to Moscow tomorrow for talks with Russian giants Spartak.

Insisting no formal deal has yet been concluded with any club, however, a spokesman for Kliskinic told Sportsmail: ‘There was a representative from Glasgow Rangers in Croatia three weeks ago.

‘There is another story that Spartak Moscow are also interested. Mladen Kliskinic has booked a flight to go and speak to them on Tuesday.

‘But we are waiting for Slaven Belupo to confirm they’ve accepted a concrete offer. Until that happens nothing can be finalised.’ Goldson, meanwhile, is expected to become Gerrard’s fourth signing.

The Ibrox club are poised to finalise a £3million deal for Brighton's Connor Goldson this week

The Ibrox club are poised to finalise a £3million deal for Brighton's Connor Goldson this week

The Ibrox club are poised to finalise a £3million deal for Brighton’s Connor Goldson this week

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