Former Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is finally closing in on a new club with a switch to Santos beckoning after the collapse of a move to Fenerbahce.

The Colombian striker, 27, has been without a club since May and is now approaching four months out of professional training and without being attached to any particular side.

After a summer of Instagram training clips and a mixture of links to Russia, Mexico and even Saudi Arabia, it looked like Alfredo Morelos might be bound for Turkey.

But with the deal reliant on Michy Batshuayi negotiating a switch to Nottingham Forest, the subsequent collapse of the transfer had a domino effect on any Morelos deal.

Now, it looks like the Colombian international might not get his wish of staying in Europe with reports claiming Alfredo Morelos is now speaking to Brazilian club Santos.

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Alfredo Morelos linked with Santos move

According to Brazilian journalist César Luis Merlo, Alfredo Morelos is now in firm negotiations with Santos with a view to a move.

Whilst nothing is signed, sealed and delivered just yet, it’s the latest reputable sound around a potential move to Brazil and Rangers fans are now following a potential transfer the best part of five months in the making.

Translated, Merlo’s tweet reads:

“Santos opened negotiations to hire Alfredo Morelos, whose record at Fenerbahce fell despite having traveled to Turkey. There are contacts between the parties but nothing has been done by the leader.”

Whilst Rangers fans will always have a special place in their heart for Alfredo Morelos, the downturn in the striker’s form in recent seasons is precisely why he’s being linked to Santos and not Europe.

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Rangers’ record European goalscorer (29), no-one can take away Morelos’ achievements at Ibrox but questions over his attitude and application blighted his final few years.

If a deal to Santos goes through, Rangers fans may well breathe a sigh of relief for Alfredo Morelos but it’s a reminder that the grass is not always greener, or at least certainly bluer, away from Ibrox.

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