A journalist claims Rangers are expected to “ramp up” their “long-standing interest” in Croatia and NK Osijek striker Mirko Maric – if Alfredo Morelos moves to Lille.

The 6ft2 striker was the joint top scorer in the Croatian First League last season, hitting 20 goals in 35 1.HNL games.

The Ibrox side are said to have resurrected their interest by reliable Balkans based journalist Filip Mishov.

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Mishov claims that there are a host of other clubs watching Maric, 25, who has two caps for Croatia.

Rangers have previously been linked with the striker as early as January (again by Mishov) and were also said to be competing with Fenerbahce over a move last season [AKSAM].

 

Back in January Mishov claimed that Maric would cost over £3m for Rangers with the left-footed forward a key part of the NK Osijek team.

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Rangers have previously worked closely with NK Osijek before having signed both left-back Borna Barisic and Eros Grezda from the club.

Albanian international Grezda returned to Osijek in January after struggling to settle in Scotland.

Could Croatia and NK Osijek striker Mirko Maric act a replacement for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos? (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The links come after reports in France claim Lille have agreed personal terms with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, with the clubs now negotiating a fee.

A report in the Daily Mail [print 23/07/20, p.89] claimed Lille were willing to spend up to £15m on Morelos but Rangers are believed to value the Colombian closer to £20m.

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