Rangers’ King pledges to refuse silly money for Morelos

Aston Villa are understood to be ready to make a move for Rangers star Alfredo Morelos and are ready to offer £20million-plus in January.

Rangers chairman Dave King says the club won't sell prolific forward Alfredo Morelos in January even if an "obscene amount of money" is offered.

The outgoing Ibrox chairman sent a strong message to clubs south of the border or in mainland Europe who have designs on luring the Colombian away from Scotland in the next transfer window.

King believes there is “no chance” of Rangers selling Morelos and that it would make no sense to part with their top scorer in the middle of the closest Premiership title race in years.

The ex-HJK Helsinki striker has scored 22 goals in 27 Rangers appearances this season to help Steven Gerrard’s side keep pace with bitter rivals Celtic.

Morelos has made no secret of his ambition to move to a bigger league one day and Gers fans have been forced to endure constant rumours of a possible move.

Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have both been linked to the 22-year-old hitman but King says he sees no chance of any deal happening in January.

He told Rangers TV: “I say that because I am certainly encouraging the manager not to sell him at any price. For us it’s important to win a league title.

“‘If someone came along and offered even an obscene amount of money, my suggestion to the manager would be not to take it and the manager doesn’t want to. So I see no chance of Morelos being sold, no matter what happens.”

Despite that bullish assertion, King expects outgoings at the club to be more likely than arrivals in January.

But he would not rule out new signings coming in if Gerrard demanded help in certain areas to maintain the title push.

“I think it’s possible but I’d be surprised if much would happen in January,” King added. “But there’s going to be a big focus in the summer.”