The Athletic have shared an update on Rangers-linked Fenerbahçe player Bright Osayi-Samuel.
Rangers reportedly started monitoring Osayi-Samuel last year when he was playing in the EFL Championship with QPR [Scottish Sun].
Yet, amid interest from the Gers and several other clubs, the winger opted to move to Fenerbahçe on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
He didn’t impress during the second half of the Super Lig season and it was asserted that the Turkish giants would be open to selling him this summer.
In June, Turkish journalist Tâlha Arslan claimed that both Rangers and Celtic were ‘seriously interested’ in the 23-year-old and last week, he tweeted that the Light Blues had submitted a ‘formal bid’ [translated].
However, Osayi-Samuel played the full 90 minutes of Fener’s league opener against Adana Demirspor on Sunday and The Athletic reports that his ‘situation has now changed’.
It’s further asserted that the winger, who former Gers boss Mark Warburton said possesses ‘blistering pace’, is ‘likely’ to stay in Turkey.
Reported Rangers target’s situation changes
Rangers have been linked with Osayi-Samuel for some time now and having already seemingly missed out on him to Fenerbahçe last season, this u-turn from the Turkish club may sting.
The Nigerian speedster isn’t yet the finished product – as his relatively underwhelming career goal and assist tallies show – but he’s got plenty of potential and he could have added to Rangers’ options in wide areas.
Steven Gerrard does have Ryan Kent, Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala at his disposal, but with Jamie Murphy and Jordan Jones sealing permanent exits and Josh McPake, Glenn Middleton and Kai Kennedy all out on loan, there isn’t much to fall back on should injuries hit.
One transfer-listed Ibrox-linked player who is capable of playing out wide scored an impressive goal on Tuesday to continue his strong start to the season.