Rangers have made an approach for Fenerbahce speedster Bright Osayi-Samuel, according to TumSport via Glasgow Live.
The Gers were linked with Osayi-Samuel ahead of the January transfer window when he was playing under former Gers boss Mark Warburton at QPR [Scottish Sun].
Warburton was a big fan of the winger, who he called ‘dangerous’ and a ‘constant threat’ following a particularly strong display in a win over Rotherham last season [BT Sport].
Osayi-Samuel signed a pre-contract agreement with Fener in January and a deal for an immediate transfer was struck soon afterwards.
Things haven’t gone according to plan in Istanbul, though, as the 23-year-old has only scored once and has failed to produce an assist in 18 Super Lig appearances.
Fotospor recently asserted that Fener want to cash in and that the player is keen on a return to the UK, and now it’s claimed that Rangers are the first club to make an approach, with Celtic and Monaco currently only monitoring his situation [TumSport via Glasgow Live].
The previous Fotospor piece valued the Nigerian at €3.5m (£3m) but no price tag is included in this report.
Steven Gerrard isn’t short of wingers at Ibrox with Ryan Kent and Scott Wright set to be joined at pre-season by a host of wide players returning from loan spells, including Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker, Kai Kennedy, Josh McPake and Glenn Middleton.
However, of those returning to Rangers, none did enough on loan to suggest that they definitely have a future at the club and perhaps the Gers boss believes Osayi-Samuel simply has more to offer.
He has to improve his numbers in the final third, but at 23, he’s far from the finished article and importantly, he has pace to burn.