Rangers have been linked with a move for League One Peterborough United forward Siriki Dembele as their director of football confirms the Gers have watched the player twice.
Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, Barry Fry confirmed that both the Gers and the Scottish national team are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old forward.
Rangers aren’t the only name being mentioned alongside the ex-Grimsby Town player, with Fulham, Newcastle, Stoke and Old Firm rivals Celtic also named in the report.
But that hasn’t stopped Fry reiterating that they would rather the player hung around till the summer as he has 18 months left on his deal.
“Rangers have watched Siriki twice as have the Scottish national side,” said Fry.
“Newcastle manager Steve Bruce watched him at Crewe when he didn’t play well.
“There will always be interest in players like Siriki, but we don’t have to sell him. We have him for another 18 months and we’d rather he stayed until the summer when we can reassess his situation.”
Any Ibrox move for the on-form star – who has five goals and five assists in 17 league games this season – would also be made stranger by the fact Siriki’s younger brother plays for Celtic.
Karamoko Dembele, 17, is routinely bummed up as one of the leading talents in the Scottish game and has already made his first-team debut at Celtic Park.
The report also claims that Peterborough would be demanding at least £2m for Siriki who was branded the “best player in League one” by Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony [Hard Truth].
Dembele isn’t the only player being linked with a move to Ibrox ahead of the transfer window either.
The Gers are reportedly tailing a young full-back as a potential replacement for a key first-team player linked with a host of clubs ahead of the window.