Rangers-linked striker’s wage demands hand Ibrox club signing blow
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Rangers-linked striker’s wage demands hand Ibrox club signing blow

Rangers-linked Norwegian striker Erik Botheim is demanding up to £50k per week to sign with Galatasaray, according to reports coming out of Turkey.

The Gers are one of several clubs said to be tailing the striker following the termination of Botheim’s contract at Russian Premier League side Krasnodar.

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Reports coming out of Scandinavia had claimed that Rangers, at the very least, had enquired about the player if not offered him a contract.

But the latest coming out of Turkey suggests that even if Rangers did make an approach for ex-Bodo/Glimt striker Erik Botheim the 22-year-old free-agent is likely out of the club’s reach financially.

Rangers could be priced out of Erik Botheim wage demands

According to Turkish journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu if Rangers, Galatasaray or anyone else wants to sign Erik Botheim they can be expected to stump up.

The journalist is claiming that Galatasaray have contacted the representatives of Erik Botheim with a view to a move and that the striker has laid out his demands.

Botheim reportedly wants a €2m (£1.7m) signing on fee and a €2.5m (£2.1m) per year salary, which works out as around £40k per week.

If Rangers were to move for the striker on these terms it would make Erik Botheim Rangers’ highest paid player and this is something we find hard to justify.

Rangers have also been clear that the current wage structure will not be broken for any player as the club aims for financial stability over the next few seasons.

The Gers keep a close eye on the wage budget and if reports surrounding his salary demands are true, it appears unlikely that Erik Botheim was ever a realistic target for the club.

For all intents and purposes, Rangers also appear to have turned their attentions elsewhere with the club seemingly closing in on an international striker deal.

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