As the transfer window opens, Rangers look set to have a busy month as the Ibrox club gears up for next season.
Europa League Qualifying begins on the 11th of July, and Steven Gerrard will hope to have the bulk of his squad in place by then. As part of that, the Gers are on the hunt for a young, hungry, creative midfielder.
There are two names who’ve regularly been discussed with a view to a move; English midfielder Joe Aribo and young Scot David Turnbull. But only one seems to be supported with concrete interest.
Joe Aribo is said to be giving “serious consideration” to joining Rangers with the club reportedly offering a deal. Those claims suggest the Charlton midfielder will make a decision on his future this week [The Scottish Daily Mail (10/6, page 77)].
It’s a move that makes sense for Rangers. Aribo looks like a very talented player. At 22, he is surely only going to get better too.
Could Gerrard be the key player in Joe Aribo deal?
The driving midfielder played a key role in Charlton’s promotion this season, and with his contract expiring, would cost Rangers a nominal fee. He’s cheap, talented and sure to make us a profit.
For Aribo, working with Steven Gerrard at this stage in his career could also be too good an opportunity to miss.
Turnbull, on the other hand, would cost a substantial fee. It’ll take a Motherwell club record to shift him [BBC Scotland]. Celtic are loitering, with talk of our rivals and Bournemouth looking at the player.
Rangers were merely rumoured to be interested in the Motherwell youngster a couple of months ago [Four Lads Had a Dream].
If reports are to be believed, the club is throwing more weight behind the signing of Aribo. And out of the two players, the gangly midfielder immediately represents better value for money.