Blackburn Rovers are set to challenge Rangers for Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville, according to the Daily Record.
Rangers were first credited with interest in Summerville in 2020 when he was a Feyenoord player [Voetbal International].
He would eventually opt to joins Leeds from the Dutch giants, but he’s been short of first-team opportunities at Elland Road.
Last weekend, The Daily Mail reported [via The Scottish Sun] that Rangers were considering a loan swoop for the Dutch youth international, as Gio van Bronckhorst looks to improve his options out wide ahead of the second half of the season.
Summerville responded to the speculation by scoring a 26-minute hat-trick for Leeds U23s against Sunderland in the Premier League Cup on Wednesday.
However, Rangers are now reportedly facing competition to land the 20-year-old, with the Daily Record reporting that EFL Championship side Blackburn are now also eyeing up a loan deal.
It’s asserted that they are looking for reinforcements out wide after loan winger Ian Poveda was forced to return to Leeds due to injury.
TEAMtalk’s James Marshment tweeted an update on Saturday asserting that Leeds are looking to delay any decision on Summerville until more is known about injuries to other players.
Could Blackburn beat Rangers to Summerville?
Until recently, it would have been a no-brainer to choose Rangers over Blackburn.
It’s probably not so straightforward anymore, though. Rovers are surprise promotion contenders this season, with striker Ben Brereton Diaz lighting up the Championship.
Furthermore, English clubs often have a negative opinion of the quality of Scottish football and Leeds already have a relationship of sorts with Blackburn, as evidenced by Poveda’s loan switch.
However, at Rangers, Summerville would have the opportunity to play in front of much bigger crowds, compete for major silverware and perhaps turn out in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Surely, if the player himself is given the option, he’ll still choose Ibrox.