Rangers are, as Ibrox Noise suggested, reportedly interested in improving the rather poor wings portion of the squad, with monitoring of Vitesse Arnham’s fantastically-named right winger Million Manhoef.
The 21-year-old, a Dutch U21 international, carries a market value around £5M and is out of contract next summer year, with Rangers reportedly hoping to tie him up sooner than that on a knock-down price.
With Abdallah Sima confirmed as away for the AFCON, Tom Lawrence out for the foreseeable future and neither Rabbi Matondo nor Ross McCausland absolutely blitzing it on Rangers’ wings, it’s an area that needs addressing and Manhoef might be the man to help out.
You’ll want the numbers, and we will oblige, with the attacker striking a modest 23/24 with 4 goals and an assist in 17, but being a mainstay with Vitesse this season, which is considered his breakthrough campaign.
Again, it’s not numbers to light the world up, 14 goals in 70 Eredivisie appearances and 8 assists isn’t staggering, but it’s not horrible. It’s about the same level, frankly, as Lammers, Silva and Dessers.
Which, as we know, generally, is the market the club is in these days – Vitesse are rank bottom of the Eredivisie, just like Dessers’ Cremonese were relegated in Italy – aside the odd exception, Rangers can’t target the best or even better players at even modest clubs.
So this lad is another target of the middling transfer radar we have to work with, the same one that gave us Fabio Silva. But Philippe Clement knew that before he came to join us in the first place. He knew what he’d be dealing with. What kind of quality of player we’d be in a position to bring in.
Manhoef’s numbers are ok, definitely not sensational, but we’ll see in the coming weeks how real the interest is.