As things stand, Rangers are ‘reported’ to be looking at four strikers:
Atalanta’s Sam Lammers, Cremonese’s Cyriel Dessers, Aris’ Luis Palma and Antalyaspor’s Haji Wright.
There are claims in Ibrox circles that not a single one of these Rangers links is accurate, and they are all red herrings being fed to the press, but from what we gather, that’s not completely true.
We did understand the club bid somewhere between £6.5M and £8.5M for USA’s Wright, a top-quality striker who’s worth every penny, but it isn’t enough for the Turkish side who demand around £10M for their star man. They’ve also turned down a £9M bid from Villarreal, and are digging their heels in for every penny of what they value Wright at.
Then there’s Dessers – this is another top striker, but doesn’t quite fit Michael Beale’s age profile. At 28, he has 4 caps for his country, Nigeria, one goal, and has a sparkling career record in Holland, Belgium and Serie A of around one in two. So he absolutely knows the way to goal, more than. But at 28, he’s well over the 24-year-old limit Michael Beale seems to want at the moment for outfield players.
Next is Lammers – he breaches that age range by two years, at 26, and his CV is very poor – it’s four years since the Dutchman scored more than two league goals in a season. So he’s not exactly prolific. We don’t really know why we’re being linked to this one.
Last but not least? Luis Palma. This one has been circulating the wires for weeks now, and he does fit the age profile, but he and his agent have already been clear that they want the Premier League and have made no mention of any interest in any potential Rangers offer. If he comes here, he’s already seeking his move down south.
Rangers have one striker – Antonio Colak – he regained a bit of fan goodwill by showing them what they’d forgotten for the final match of the season, but there’s still a sense he won’t be a first pick for Michael Beale, who insisted on using wantaway Alfredo Morelos even with a bad attitude.
Beale and Colak have confirmed he was injured a lot of the time, but equally he was just benched for Beale, so we’re not sure he really has a role under this boss.
But Rangers definitely need one, maybe two new hitmen and the above are four we’re currently looking at. Supposedly….