Everton enter race for Rangers target as transfer window looms - report
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Everton enter race for Rangers target as transfer window looms - report

Everton have entered the race to sign reported Rangers target Francis Amuzu from Anderlecht, according to L’Avenir.

Rangers have been linked with Amuzu for some time.

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At the beginning of the year, Belgian outlet Voetbal24 claimed that the Gers were preparing a bid for the winger.

No move materialised, though, and Amuzu has made 23 appearances for the Belgian giants so far this season, scoring four goals and notching four assists.

However, Rangers scouts were spotted at a fixture between Anderlecht and Charleroi in November, and Ghana Soccernet reported earlier this month that he’s on the Gers’ radar ahead of the January transfer window.

It appears that the Light Blues aren’t the only club interested in the pacy 22-year-old, though.

L’Avenir report that both Everton and Wolfsburg are also monitoring Amuzu.

It’s asserted that no bids have landed yet, though, and that Anderlecht may not be willing to part with him next month as they believe he could make them a ‘fortune’ further down the line.

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The Athletic asserted earlier this week that Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst is looking to strengthen out wide and Amuzu isn’t the only winger to be linked with a move to Ibrox.

Andreas Skov Olsen of Bologna is another player the Gers are said to have been tracking for some time.

Amuzu’s stats aren’t outstanding but most of his appearances in the Belgian top-flight so far this season have come from the bench.

He’s a good age and is often deployed on the right, an area where Rangers have been weak.

The fact that he’s contracted until 2024 means Anderlecht are in a relatively strong position, although the ex-Belgian youth international is thought to have a release clause of £3.6m.

Reported interest from sizeable clubs in England and Germany may be a cause for concern for Rangers.

However, if this isn’t all about the money for Amuzu, the Gers could still possibly pull off a deal given that there’s European football and chances to compete for silverware on offer at Ibrox.