Rangers link to exciting English striker revived by fresh transfer report
Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

Rangers link to exciting English striker revived by fresh transfer report

Rangers’ link to exciting English striker Caleb Chukwuemeka has been revived by a fresh transfer report from the Sunday Mirror (15/8; page 73).

The Gers were first credited with interest in the Northampton Town starlet in June by the Daily Mail and then again by the same outlet in mid-July, when Aston Villa reportedly had a bid rejected [Daily Mail].

Rangers have once again been linked with talented English striker Caleb Chukwuemeka. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The speculation had quietened since then, at least as far as Rangers were concerned, and now the EFL season is back underway.

Chukwuemeka hasn’t featured yet for the Cobblers in 2021/2022, though, and even missed out on the matchday squad for their 1-0 win at Colchester United on Saturday.

It’s from that context that the Sunday Mirror has provided an update on the 19-year-old, who they have described as the most wanted teenager in EFL League Two.

The report asserts that Rangers are showing keen interest in Chukwuemeka but are in a three-way battle to land him with Premier League clubs Villa and Tottenham.

The 19-year-old is in the final year of his contract, so he shouldn’t cost the earth, but the fact that several clubs are allegedly chasing him could push his price up.

His brother Carney is already at Villa and it’s thought that that may give the Birmingham club a significant advantage in the transfer race.

The Gers are reportedly facing competition from Spurs and Aston Villa. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Rangers still keen on EFL starlet?

Chukwuemeka only has two senior goals and one assist to his name from 28 appearances, so some may be wondering what all the fuss is about.

However, he’s said to be extremely quick, athletic and full of potential, and Rangers have shown a willingness to swoop for talented young forwards.

Nathan Young-Coombes (since departed) and Tony Weston were snapped up from Chelsea and Blackpool respectively in recent seasons, while James Graham was brought in last summer from Ross County following trials with Man United and Liverpool.

Chukwuemeka is a similar age to those players but his EFL exposure would likely make him a first-team signing.

Yet, with Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten, Fashion Sakala and Jermain Defoe already at Ibrox, it’s hard to see how he would get playing time if he was snapped up before the end of the current window.

Another Rangers-linked EFL player scored a dramatic 100th-minute winner on Saturday in his first appearance of the season.