Rangers, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Newcastle United and Norwich are all monitoring Caleb Chukwuemeka, with the Villains seeing an initial bid for the Northampton Town forward rejected, according to the Daily Mail.
Chukwuemeka made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Cobblers last season following a brief loan spell at Corby Town in early 2020.
He only scored two goals and notched one assist as Northampton were relegated from League One, but the vast majority of his outings came from the bench.
Rangers were first linked with the 19-year-old last month when the Daily Mail claimed that they had expressed interest and were eyeing a cut-price deal.
It was suggested that with the player’s current deal set to expire in January, the Gers could take advantage of cross-border rules to snap him up for as little as £60,000.
Now, the Light Blues have once again been mentioned in a Daily Mail report about Chukwuemeka, but it’s made clear that they’re facing serious competition to land him.
Spurs, Newcastle and Norwich are all also credited with interest, while it’s claimed that Villa have had an initial bid rejected.
The teenager’s younger brother, Carney, is already at Villa Park, but it’s claimed that Northampton are stubbornly resisting a sale for now.
This is an interesting update on one of Rangers’ many reported summer targets, with the amount and stature of the clubs linked suggesting that Chukwuemeka has a lot more ability than his unspectacular raw numbers may suggest.
The Gers are always on the lookout for exciting young attackers, as the signings of Academy players James Graham and Tony Weston in recent windows have proven.
However, it is hard to see how Rangers will win this particular transfer race.
It’s unlikely that Chukwuemeka would be in a position to immediately challenge for a first-team spot at Ibrox and the standard of football being played by the B team in the Lowland League is probably not high enough for him, with U23 football at a Premier League club potentially more beneficial for his development.
Right now, Rangers don’t even appear to have room for a striker in stunning form that they hold a buy-back clause on.