Rangers have missed out on Ibrox-linked Dutch striker Thijs Dallinga, who has been announced at newly-promoted Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse.

The 21-year-old striker had a potent season for Excelsior in the Dutch second division, his impressive 36 strikes helping his former side to Eredivisie promotion.

But it’ll be France instead of the Netherlands were Thijs Dallinga will be turning out for a newly-promoted side after Toulouse struck a reported £2.2m deal [Football Oranje].

Thijs Dallinga joins fellow Dutchmen Branco van den Boomen and Stijn Spierings at the French club.

The striker has also expressed his delight at signing for Phillipe Montanier’s side and suggested that this move had been in the pipeline since the end of last season.

“I am very happy to sign for Toulouse, very proud to join the Club,” said Thijs Dallinga [TFC].

“I can’t wait to meet our supporters, I already really want to play my first match at the Stadium.

“I watch a lot of football matches and so I knew club before my arrival.

“When the contacts started, I followed the team’s performance with more interest and I was able to watch some games from the end of the season.

“I was also able to chat with Stijn who spoke to me of the greatest good for the Club and the city.”

Rangers-linked Thijs Dallinga to join Toulouse FC

Some Rangers fans had gotten excited about links to Thijs Dallinga, with the potent 6ft2 forward a good fit for the Ibrox club on paper.

Not only do the Gers need striking reinforcements, but Dallinga is young with a high resale value and being from the Netherlands may have benefitted from working with the Dutch Rangers coaching team.

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But it appears that a move to Toulouse was perhaps destined this summer and it remains to be seen if Rangers were ever seriously interested in signing the Dutch forward.

It appears Rangers are instead putting their focus elsewhere with one striker reportedly nearly a deal with the Ibrox club.

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