Rangers ready to announce £2.5M Sam Lammers as deal completes

Rangers ready to announce £2.5M Sam Lammers as deal completes
GENOA, ITALY - APRIL 08: Sam Lammers of Sampdoria reacts with disappointment during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and US Cremonese at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 8, 2023 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Simone Arveda/Getty Images)

Sam Lammers will be announced a Rangers player this week after completing the finishing touches on his move from Atalanta, with all Italian sources confirming the deal is done for a four-year contract.

The price is confirmed at £2.5M, which is not the hefty £4M we feared from other sources, and the 26-year-old Dutch striker becomes Michael Beale’s latest summer signing following Kieran Dowell, Dujon Sterling and Jack Butland and the first ‘paid for’ capture this window.

He is regarded as a strong hitman who will hold up play for a proper 9 ahead of him, and isn’t expected to be a fruitful goal threat, albeit from earlier in his career in Holland he has shown historical capabilities of scoring when in form.

It’s safe to say his Atalanta move just didn’t work out, he didn’t suit Italian football for any of the other Serie A sides he was loaned out too, and also struggled in Germany for Eintracht, ‘famously’ being on the bench for Rangers’ Europa League final with the Bundesliga giants.

But now he starts a new chapter, and while Rangers manager Michael Beale is taking a bit of a gamble on him, it’s thankfully not as big a one as £4M would have been, especially for the idea of a goalscoring striker.

It doesn’t seem like Lammers has been signed for that purpose – indeed, Rangers don’t have a strong target man who can link play – Alfredo Morelos wasn’t that great at it, and it’s not viewed as a strength of Antonio Colak.

But Lammers is being secured with the notion of that partnership with Cyriel Dessers in mind, and will be the central man in a strong attack, facilitating play around him.

Beale is clearly changing his attacking style a bit, bringing in a guy like this for a bit of a new style up front – he wants a powerful focal point that can drag defenders around.

He’s very much hoping Rangers now have that man in Lammers.

The deal is done.

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