Michael Beale rang Rangers star he wanted to sign on Deadline Day

In a last-minute attempt on deadline day, former Rangers boss Michael Beale reached out to Jose Cifuentes in an effort to bring the Rangers ace to Sunderland, as reported by Alan Nixon.

Nixon shared the update on his Patreon account this Sunday, revealing that Beale’s pursuit of the Ecuadorian midfielder, whom he had signed for Rangers last summer, ended in disappointment. The English Championship club was unable to convince the 24-year-old to make the move.

According to Nixon, Cifuentes has set his sights on joining Brazilian side Cruzeiro, and a deal with the South American club seems imminent. The failed attempt to secure the midfielder highlights a challenging period for Beale, who has been experiencing a string of setbacks since his departure from Rangers in October.

Despite landing the Sunderland job, Beale’s fortunes appear to be elusive when it comes to dealings with his former club. The eagerness to bring in Cifuentes was not unexpected, given their previous association. However, the midfielder’s decision to pursue a move to Brazil undoubtedly came as a significant blow to Beale and his aspirations for Sunderland.

As Cifuentes looks to revive his career in a potentially more favorable environment in South America, Beale faces the task of regaining momentum at Sunderland, having fallen short in his attempt to secure the Rangers ace. The unsuccessful transfer bid raises questions about Beale’s future dealings with his former club and his ability to navigate the challenges of the transfer market.