Sources today tell Ibrox Noise that Rangers have turned down two significant bids for Fashion Sakala and Connor Goldson from Premier League clubs.
The in-form striker, who has benefited hugely from new manager Michael Beale’s coaching, is said to be interesting a number of clubs down south, with bright performances the past month or two and an excellent goal haul, and it’s been told that there has definitely been a bid, less than £5M, turned down recently for the Zambian hitman.
As for Goldson, he has finally attracted the kind of interest he was hoping for last summer, with Premier League sides well aware of him, and it being suggested that at least one bid arrived for him, one being from a London-based club, and was turned down as well. Goldson is on a four-year deal and the club is said to value him very highly indeed.
There is also said to be some interest in wantaway Glen Kamara, with his ability and reputation well-known, and he is one who could well attract a bid before the end of the window – as a well-established international, the former Dundee man hasn’t been shy about wanting to test himself in the Premier League or any European top league, and he may well get interest in those areas over the next week.
But the issue for now is Sakala and Goldson – Goldson is rather pivotal right now given Rangers’ desperate lack of defenders, and it would take a very large bid to tempt the club into a sale, but it would leave the side painfully short in the rearguard with limited time to replace him. And Sakala is not exactly indispensable but his form is strong at the moment, and it may explain the potential arrival of Swansea’s Morgan Whittaker on that side if a deal can be struck with Russell Martin’s men.
Verdict: unless a replacement is sounded out fast for Goldson, OR the money is just too good to turn down, he’s a definite keep for now. He’s on a four-year deal and the club values him beyond £15M. Sakala? Less crucial but contributing to the cause now, Sakala has evolved under Beale and shouldn’t go for less than £6M at the minimum. The longer he plays like this the more the number rises.
We’ll see what plays out.