Rangers star Joe Aribo is reportedly a £10m target for Crystal Palace as they look to replace Chelsea loanee Connor Gallagher next season, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Nigerian international Gers midfielder, 25, is out of contract come the end of next season and could be available for a cut-price fee if the ex-Charlton man doesn’t sign a new deal.

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According to the Sun report, Crystal Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman was at Celtic Park on Wednesday with Joe Aribo being watched by the Scotsman.

Capped 15 times by Nigeria, Joe Aribo is for many the Rangers Player of the Year so far although he was posted missing in the disappointing defeat in Glasgow’s eastend.

Palace also aren’t the only Premier League side who’ve been mentioned alongside Aribo either with Southampton another side extensively linked to the midfielder.

Given the fact that Joe Aribo would be entering the final year of his deal in the summer, it makes the player’s ongoing transfer situation interesting.

Signed for only £300k in 2019, Rangers risked the ire of then-Charlton manager Lee Bowyer by taking advantage of cross-border compensation rules to sign Joe Aribo.

But despite Bowyer’s now-infamous protestations, Aribo has developed into a fine player at Ibrox and is now a leading player for the Rangers side.

Also a fully-fledged international with plenty of European experience, Rangers now have an impressive player on their hands and £10m may well be undervaluing what is a top Ibrox asset.

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Although over 33 times the Ibrox club paid for the player, in the cash-rich world of the Premier League that feels like a snip for a player of Aribo’s quality.

But it certainly sounds better than Rangers losing the player for nothing come the end of next season.

Whilst fans might be licking their wounds after defeat to Celtic, the Ibrox squad can look to the team of 2011 for inspiration when it comes to the rest of the campaign.

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