The director of Swedish outfit IF Elfsborg claims that reported Rangers target Joseph Okumu is the best defender to ever play in the country’s Allsvenskan division.

Elfsborg sporting director Stefan Andreasson made the claims that the Kenyan defender is that good as reported interest heats up in the player across Europe.

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Reported Rangers target Joseph Okumu is a player in demand and according to the sporting director at Elfsborg, he’s the best defender to ever play in Sweden. (Photo by David Lidstrom/Getty Images)

But if what Andreasson says is true, then that would make Okumu even better than the man he’s been reportedly being primed to replace at Ibrox.

Rangers were first linked to Okumu, 23, by Sportbladet in Sweden who believe the Gers are eyeing the defender as a replacement for their own Scandinavian star Filip Helander.

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Big Fil, 28, has impressed so much this season that according to reports in his homeland Premier League outfits Aston Villa and Leicester City are considering a summer move for the player.

Other reports have claimed that Rangers are looking for around £6m for the player [Football Insider].

The Elfsborg sporting director’s comments come after defender Okumu hinted during the week that he was ready to take the “next step” in his career.

“Okumu has been talked about a lot since he came to us,” said Andreasson [Daily Record].

“We understood that this was a very good player, then he showed maybe the whole of Sweden last year, and also Europe. It is clear that Okumu is one of the best.

“I have said it once before, that he is the best centre-back that has ever been in the Allsvenskan – you can say that sometimes.

“He is destined to have a career outside Scandinavia, which is positive. We must enjoy him as long as he’s here.”

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Rangers defender Filip Helander is reportedly a player in demand in down south. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That would make Okumu better than Helander by Andreasson’s point of view, the ex-Bologna defender starting his career at Malmö FF.

Should Rangers be interested in moving for Okumu, then the latest reports suggest they’ll face competition from Italy, Spain and France.

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