After a quiet transfer window to date, rumours linking Rangers to KRC Genk winger Theo Bongonda have sparked a static few weeks back into life.

Whilst there’s been nothing official regarding the 26-year-old Congolese winger, there a few reasons why talk surrounding Bongonda has begun to snowball online.

Appearing to originate from an apparently ITK poster on the Follow, Follow transfer thread, Theo Bongonda has been the talk of internet forums and social media for the last 24 hours or so.

Antonio Colak aside there’s been nothing coming out of Rangers and anytime there has been, journalists have moved quickly to shoot down those links.

But whilst the tight-lipped nature of Rangers’ transfer strategy means barely a peep escapes Ibrox without Ross Wilson’s notice, the admittedly tenuous links have given fans something to get excited about.

Rumours surrounding Rangers and Theo Bongonda

Belgian born, the Genk number 10 is a free scoring winger who has exploded into life in the Pro League over the last few seasons.

Since moving to Genk from Zulte Waregem in 2019 – following a spell in Spain with Celta and Turkey with Trabzonspor – the form of Theo Bongonda has been impressive.

The winger has 36 goals and 20 assists in 111 games for Genk and has shown why the Belgian side paid rivals Zulte Waregem a hefty £6m (€7m) to bring him to the club three seasons ago.

Bongonda’s form at Zulte Waregem had been impressive up to this point too, the winger netting 14 times in the 18/19 season to convince Genk to part with their money.

It’s not just his performances on the pitch that have Rangers fans interested in this rumour either; the Belgian market is one which the Gers have used extensively since Ross Wilson came into the club.

Kemar Roofe joined from Anderlecht, Fashion Sakala from KV Oostende and Ianis Hagi from Genk, Theo Bongonda’s current club.

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We know it’s a market the club have influence and for this reason it has appeared to add little more excitement if not substance to all the talk surrounding Theo Bongonda.

Now entering the final year of his contract, Rangers would theoretically hope to spend a little less than Genk did to get him in through the door but we must once again stress that we’re reacting to the spread of online rumours rather than any concrete reports.

But doesn’t it feel good to have something or someone to get excited about potentially signing this summer?

Meanwhile, yet another Premier League club have been linked to a leading Rangers star seemingly destined for the exit door this summer.

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