£25.6m-rated Rangers flop Umar Sadiq scored in his first appearance of 2021/22, doing his chances of a high-profile transfer no harm.
Sadiq spent a few months on loan at Ibrox from Roma in 2018 – serving as a backup to Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty – making just four appearances and failing to score.
His status has improved considerably since then, though, and after a goal-laden spell in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade, he’s banging them in in the Segunda Division for Almeria.
The ambitious Spanish club just missed out on promotion last season but Sadiq scored 22 goals, with his haul reportedly alerting several high-profile admirers.
It was claimed that if the Citizens snapped him up, he would initially be sent out to fellow City Group club Troyes in France, where his progress would be closely monitored.
No transfer has materialised as yet, with Almeria reportedly keen to stick to a price tag of €30m (£25.6m).
However, perhaps mindful that there are only two weeks remaining in the transfer window, Sadiq hit the ground running on Monday, scoring in the 19th minute of a 3-1 opening matchday victory at FC Cartagena.
Having had a taste of life at big clubs before during his stints at Roma and Rangers, the Nigerian is no doubt keen to get back to a top-tier outfit and it’ll be interesting to see how his situation develops over the next fortnight.
Few would have expected him to be the subject of quite so much speculation when his early exit from Rangers in December 2018 was met with delight from Bears.