It has been staggeringly claimed tonight that Rangers have had a £7M bid, yes, £7M bid, for USA international Haji Wright rejected by Turkish side Antalyaspor and that the Super Lig side want €10M for the striker.
Coming from the Twitter account of Turk journalist Salim Manav, it has been alleged Rangers made the bid recently, but that the bid was rejected as falling short.
Now, there is a lot we can say about this. The player himself is a top talent – no question this guy is worth big money, with 16 in 26 this campaign and 3 assists, while last season wasn’t much worse with 15 in 35 and 2 assists.
But as much as a top striker as he clearly is, and is ready for a big move to a big side (Antalyaspor are a modest 12th) this bid, from an admittedly very credible source, is a stunning piece of news for Rangers fans led to believe this club has absolutely no money.
Indeed, Ibrox Noise ourselves are kind of wondering how on earth, from nowhere, Rangers have conjured up the third-biggest transfer fee in our history to make a big on the USA star.
We admit he’s worth it, this is a player alright, and if we are to elevate our level this is the calibre of talent we need at Ibrox.
His CV is a who’s who of excellent European sides – Schalke and VVV Venlo being two, but it’s just this season he’s burst into the limelight and is delivering on some of his potential – Wright is capable of being a lot better than he currently is, and that’s the big gamble Rangers are bidding on by spending this much on a striker.
But, as it stands, £7M isn’t enough. The Turks want even more, because they know the talent they have here. He even has a couple of goals in 7 appearances for his country in including at Qatar – this is a genuinely good striker.
We will see what happens here, but we must say this is a shock story and we’re following it with interest.
But wur skint…