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The BBC's Roddy Forsyth
"It was a day of hectic activity at Ibrox"
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Wednesday, 30 August, 2000, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
Rangers swoop for De Boer and Hartson
Ronald de Boer being paraded at Ibrox
Ronald de Boer being paraded at Ibrox
Barcelona's Dutch midfielder Ronald de Boer has agreed personal terms on a four-year contract with Rangers.

Rangers, who are waiting for paperwork from the Nou Camp before announcing the signing, have not yet confirmed the size of the transfer fee but it is estimated it to be close to 6m.

De Boer, 30, told his website www.icons.com: "My agent Rob Jansen has just completed talks with Rangers and I've agreed personal terms on a four-year contract.

"I'm about to undergo a medical, which is always a little nerve-wracking, but I've been fairly injury-free so everything should be OK on that score.

"Apparently there are a few minor issues to be sorted out between the clubs but I fully expect to become a Rangers player.


Apparently there are a few minor issues to be sorted out between the clubs but I fully expect to become a Rangers player
  Ronald de Boer

"I'm already looking forward to linking up with my new team-mates but first I have to meet up with the Dutch national squad in good time for our match with the Republic of Ireland at the weekend."

Ronald de Boer in action against Scotland
Ronald de Boer in action against Scotland
The Champions League transfer deadline is on Friday and Rangers are keen to strengthen their squad ahead of that.

De Boer was frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities under new Barca coach Llorenc Serra Ferrer.

Rangers' Dutch manager Dick Advocaat is no stranger to de Boer, having coached the player when he was Dutch national team manager during the 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The move to Glasgow came swiftly, especially after de Boer said on Tuesday night that he was keen to move to Manchester United.

The Ibrox club's spending spree does not look like ending there with Rangers also holding talks with Wimbledon striker John Hartson over a proposed 7m move.

John Hartson arrives at Ibrox
John Hartson arrives at Ibrox

Hartson has already agreed personal terms with Rangers chief David Murray but the Ibrox chief insisted the Hartson deal would only go through if the Wimbledon forward passes his medical.

Murray said: "There is the possibility that the medical might not go well because it is very strict.

"We would ask him to stay a bit longer on Thursday, but he has to catch up with the Welsh squad and that might stop us doing a full medical and if that is the case then it is a possibility that the deal will be off.

"We have made mistakes in the past and we don't want those things to happen again."

Hartson was set to quit Wimbledon for Tottenham last season but the move collapsed when he failed a medical.

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