Anderlecht winger Francis Amuzu is open to a switch to Rangers amid reports that the Ibrox club are interested in signing the Ghanaian-born Belgian youth international.

Rangers have been extensively linked to Francis Amuzu ever since the tenure of Steven Gerrard, with reports surrounding a “substantial bid” ahead of the January transfer window of 2021.

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Rangers have been extensively linked with a move for Anderlecht winger Francis Amuzu.(Photo by Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency””Getty Images)

This was after Rangers were first mentioned alongside the winger as early as November 2019 with a nod to Southampton interest during Ibrox sporting director Ross Wilson’s Premier League tenure.

Francis Amuzu Rangers links back in the press ahead of January

Links to Francis Amuzu have sprung back up in the press and appear to have originated in reports Rangers had scouts at a recent Anderlecht match.

Whilst nothing concrete suggested Rangers were there to watch the winger, there was some conjecture asking if the young Belgian was the focus of the club’s visit.

This was after Francis Amuzu started the Anderlecht clash in question, with the Belgian side dumping Pro League rivals Charleroi 3-2.

There was also some rather outlandish speculation surrounding £15m former Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt, who also played in the match.

Links to Francis Amuzu then intensified after a report in the player’s Ghanaian homeland claimed that Rangers had legitimate interest in the winger [Ghanasoccernet].

Anderlecht star Francis Amuzu reportedly open to Rangers switch

Now, reports coming out of Belgium have suggested that Francis Amuzu wants to the switch to Rangers as speculation surrounding the Anderlecht winger heats up.

That’s according to Voetbal24, who claim that Amuzu believes that he is not getting enough gametime at Anderlecht.

So far this season, Francis Amuzu has played 22 times for Anderlecht, scoring three goals and laying on two assists.

However, 12 of those appearances have come from the bench and this is seemingly not enough for the 22-year-old wide man.

According to Sports World, the pacey winger has a £3.6m release clause.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a penchant for wingers as Rangers stretch play

Prior to the appointment of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, you’d have heard Steven Gerrard and backroom staff consistently reiterate that Rangers don’t use wingers.

Instead, the club adopted a system with two “number 10s” and their wing-backs bombing on past them.

Under Dutch coach van Bronckhorst, Rangers have rediscovered their width and are now looking to play more direct on each flank.

It’s benefitted the club so far under GVB and it’s interesting that links to Francis Amuzu are persisting amid this change in system.

Rangers have also done business in Belgium in recent seasons, having signed Ianis Hagi from KRC Genk and Kemar Roofe from Anderlecht.

Speaking of Kemar Roofe, Rangers have just been rocked by some disappointing news surrounding the forward.

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