Rangers are reportedly interested in signing Fenerbahce winger Bright Osayi-Samuel as his time in Turkey looks set to be cut short.
The 23-year-old forward was linked to Rangers in January [Scottish Sun] but would sign a pre-contract deal with Fener in January before the move was made permanent not long after.
But things haven’t gone to plan for the explosive forward in the Super Lig and according to a leading Turkish journalist, the Gers are set to offer Samuel a reprieve.
Yagiz Sabuncuoglu has claimed that the Gers have made an official approach for the player and Fenerbahce coach Emre Belözoğlu will now decide the player’s future.
ÖZEL | Rangers, Osayi Samuel için Fenerbahçe’ye resmi teklif yaptı.
• Osayi’nin Fenerbahçe’deki geleceğine yeni teknik adam karar verecek.
— Yağız Sabuncuoğlu (@yagosabuncuoglu) June 12, 2021
This report comes after claims regarding Rangers’ interest have appeared across the Turkish and Scottish media in the last few days.
TumSport via Glasgow Live have also claimed in the last few days that Rangers have made an approach with Old Firm rivals Celtic and Ligue 1 outfit Monaco monitoring his situation.
Fotospor have also previously credited the Gers with an interest and claimed Osayi-Samuel wants a return to the UK with Fenerbahce looking for around £3m (€3.5m) for the player.
Should Rangers sign Osayi-Samuel then as things stand Steven Gerrard’s side would be particularly well stocked across the front three.
Osayi-Samuel and Fashion Sakala would join the likes of Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi, Joe Aribo and Scott Wright as wide/number 10 options in the first team.
The Gers also have youngsters like Glenn Middleton, Kai Kennedy and Josh McPake all returning to the squad after successful loan spells this summer.
Jake Hastie is also set to return to Ibrox after a disappointing spell at Motherwell.
Should the deal go through, then it surely represents an ominous sign for another two players who were farmed out on loan to English League One in the second half of last season.
Ex-Killie winger Jordan Jones and former Man City youth Brandon Barker are both in their mid-20s and have yet to convince the backroom staff or the support that they can make it at Rangers.
This is a remarkably important summer for both players but when you consider both their age and the depth of competition it is difficult to imagine them breaking back into the Ibrox side.
Whilst the future remains uncertain for both stars, the signing of Osayi-Samuel may well represent the final nail in the coffin when it comes to their Gers careers.
Bright Osayi-Samuel might not be a Rangers player (yet) but one pre-contract signing is already stealing Gers fan hearts before a ball is kicked ahead of next season.