Rangers keep Zelalem, Hayden in limbo + academy duo pen deals

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Arsenal have confirmed that Gedion Zelalem will spend the rest of the season with Rangers after extending his loan spell at Ibrox.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed his spell in the Scottish Championship since moving north of the border in the summer, featuring 12 times for Mark Warburton’s table-topping promotion hopefuls.

News of Zelalem’s extension comes in stark contrast to rumours that Serge Gnabry and Isaac Hayden could call time on their current loan deals with West Brom and Hull respectively because they aren’t seeing enough first team action.

Hayden had been on the cusp of a loan deal with a new club only for Steve Bruce to confirm on New Year’s Day that it had fallen and that the midfielder could yet stay at the KC Stadium.

“It’s not done and dusted with Isaac,” Bruce is quoted as saying by the Hull Daily Mail.

“A move for him stuttered and has fallen through at the moment. He wants to play, the kid, and I can understand that. It’s frustrating for him because he wanted to come and play.

“That opportunity hasn’t progressed and as far as we’re concerned he stays with us. We’ve got an agreement with Arsenal that if a club can guarantee him first-team football then the boy wants to play.”

Elsewhere, a couple of young hopefuls have enjoyed a big day at London Colney. Tafari Moore, 18, has agreed a new deal with the club, while England under-17 international, Tolaji Bola, has signed his first professional contract. Good luck to them.

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