It appears Ibrox Noise was correct, the signing of new Rangers man Sam Lammers was not meant as a replacement for Alfredo Morelos at all, and he will indeed play as a deeper forward, after confirmation Rangers are still working on trying to secure the club’s future striker as well as Croatia’s Antonio Colak.
Ibrox Noise takes you through the three men we are now in for as the primary striker in Govan:
Yes, this one is back on. Villarreal may have bid more than Rangers, but while Turkish side Antalyaspor are said to be seeking around £10M for the USA international, Rangers really, really want this guy, and are willing to push the boat out to get him. The last bid we’re aware of was around £6.5M-£8M but we don’t have the precise number, but Villarreal were said to be around £8.5M. We’ll see what comes of this pursuit.
Yes, this one has remained in the works as well, the Utrecht and Greece striker is high on the priority list too, with reports claiming Rangers are going for a £7M bid on him. We know the club does not rate him as highly as we do Wright, but he’d still be a top striker to pick up and he’d be worth the money. Just hasn’t done so well with his country yet but he’s only 23.
He’s probably the least lucrative player on the list, still a fine striker but Rangers are said to be unwilling to go much beyond the £5M or so we’ve already submitted for him. Torino are now rivalling for his signature and his stats last season were very decent but nothing amazing. Their addition in this race has changed the complexion a bit and they have more financial muscle.
Rangers’ priority this summer, as things stand, is a major striker, because while there’s division over Colak’s merits, we certainly need at least one other outstanding goalscorer with hold-up qualities. Hagi Wright seems to be the big target but that will be a tough one to do, especially at the asking price. Potentially Wright would be our second-biggest ever signing.
We’ll see what the club can do.