Cyriel Dessers will move to Rangers in a £5.5M deal, after the Nigerian international passed the medical after agreeing terms.
The Belgian-born striker becomes Michael Beale’s 6th summer signing, following Kieran Dowell, Jack Butland, Dujon Sterling, Sam Lammers and Abdallah Sima and is seen as a direct replacement for Alfredo Morelos, with work on Feynoord’s Danilo still ongoing.
The 28-year-old hitman bucks the trend of Michael Beale’s outfield sub-25-year-old policy, and adds experience up front having been present in some of Europe’s best leagues the past few seasons:
Serie A, Jupiler Pro, Eredivisie – in the past 24 months Dessers has been on fire, and here’s the numbers:
Italy: 7 goals, 2 assists in 29 appearances for a relegated team.
Belgium: Brief, but 3 in 3 and an assist for Genk.
Eredivisie: 10 in 28 domestically for Feyenoord plus 10 in 13 the Conference League.
In short the lad knows where the goal is, and tellingly has no significant or concerning injury issues.
Rangers are absolutely getting a fine striker here, with a good deal secured – £4.5M up front, then a further £1M in addons means this is the summer’s big-money spend (so far) and while Feyenoord’s Danilo (who was signed as Dessers replacement when he left for Cremonese) is ongoing, for now this is Rangers’ main striker.
Which now means, as things stand, Rangers’ options up front are a damn sight better than they were:
Colak, Dessers, Lammers, Sakala, Roofe, and potentially incoming Danilo. A massive improvement to say the least.
But yes, the Nigeria man should be announced today or tomorrow, as Beale’s summer work continues.