Champions League regulars Atalanta and Premier League outfit Newcastle United have been named ahead of Rangers in the hunt for Dutch U21 talent Danilho Doekhi.

In a report in De Telegraaf in the player’s homeland, they describe both Serie A Atalanta and struggling Prem outfit Newcastle as having a “serious interest” in the player.

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Defender Danilho Doekhi is reportedly a “serious” target of Champions League regulars Atalanta and Premier League side Newcastle United amid links to Rangers. (Photo by Gerrit van Keulen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

The report does name Rangers as being interested in signing Doekhi but after they quote interest from Fulham and newly promoted Norwich City.

Ajax academy graduate Doekhi, 22, has had a stellar Eredivisie campaign with Vitesse Arnhem and has been a major player in their watertight defence this season.

The Dutch club has the division’s second best defensive record behind Champions Ajax but with a year remaining on his deal, the player could be set for an exit this summer.


Football Insider broke the reported Rangers interest in Doekhi and claimed he could be available for the knockdown price of £1.5m in the next window.

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The interest has also been reported elsewhere in Holland [De Gelderlander] whilst a rake of journalists have also linked Rangers to the player.

This includes the likes of Pete O’Rourke and Telegraph writer Mike McGrath, with much of this interest also said to depend on the future of Swedish international Filip Helander.

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The situation could depend on the future of Swedish international defender Filip Helander. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Big Fil, 28, has been linked with a move to Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Leicester City ahead of next season [Sportbladet].

Should Rangers manage to secure the signing of Doekhi it’d have more than a few shades of a now £75m-rated ex-Celtic star’s move to Glasgow.

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