After a number of outlets claimed the Scott Arfield story was fake, the Canadian international’s links to Southampton have grown significantly today after it emerged St Mary’s DoF Ross Wilson, who worked with Arfield at Falkirk, is not only interested in taking his old warhorse back again, but isn’t alone in courting him.
Arfield, whose omission from Rangers’ POTY award remains absolutely bewildering, has had a stellar first season at Ibrox and along with McGregor and possibly Ryan Kent remains the best signing of the Steven Gerrard era, and his extensive EPL experience coupled with international status has brought him to the attention of a glut of top-flight clubs who seek an experienced and in-form midfielder to add to their engine room.
Southampton, of course, are the main name being touted, but sources suggest they are by no means alone and while Soton are preparing a £3M bid, if there is to be competition from other EPL outfits, we would imagine the fee would go in excess of £4M or even beyond £5M.
The question, again, arises – do Rangers want to sell such a key man, such a vital proponent of Steven Gerrard’s system?
As we advocated before, we rate this player very highly indeed but it’s not often Rangers could be in line for multi-millions for a 30+ year old.
And that money could be wisely used on a couple (or even three) high quality players in positions which criticially need filled.
Equally though Arfield is the most important and most influential midfielder we have, and his loss would be significant, regardless of who came in.
It is Steven Gerrard and Arfield’s call should it all materialise.