KV Oostende striker Fashion Sakala, who Rangers are reportedly likely to swoop for on a free transfer, is struggling for form in the Belgian First Division A.

The Gers have been linked with Sakala, whose contract expires in the summer, for some time and the Sun reported late in February that they are likely to eventually beat Lille and multiple English Championship clubs to his signature.

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Rangers are reportedly hot favourites to land Fashion Sakala on a free transfer ahead of next season. (Photo by JOHN THYS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The 24-year-old began his senior club career in his native Zambia with Nchanga Rangers and then represented Zanaco, before securing a move to Russia to join Spartak Moscow.

After a solitary season there, he signed for KVO in 2018 and his pace and finishing ability has since attracted admirers.

Sakala has 13 goals and three assists from 28 appearances in all competitions this season, which constitutes a strong return.

However, his form has dipped a little in recent times.

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Since scoring what, at that time, was his eighth goal in eight matches against Sint-Truiden in early February, he’s failed to find the net.

 

He drew a blank against Genk ten days later and then missed a pair of fixtures with a niggle, before returning to action for a trip to Gent in early March.

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Sakala fails to convert a chance against Gent. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

The Zambia international wasn’t able to mark his comeback with a goal, though, and he has also failed to net in subsequent fixtures against Mouscron and Waasland-Beveren.

His manager, Alexander Blessin, will be hoping he rediscovers his finishing touch sooner rather than later, with KVO just three points off a Europa League spot, which constitutes an impressive turnaround after they only narrowly avoided relegation last season.

Despite his current mini-drought, Sakala has a better goalscoring record this season than fellow Rangers-linked striker Britt Assombalonga [GiveMeSport], who is also set to be available for free in the summer.

However, Jonson Clarke-Harris is the most prolific of the strikers the Ibrox club are reportedly interested in [Bristol Live], with the 26-year-old already netting 28 times for Peterborough United in all competitions this season.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers fan favourite is closing in on a rapid return to the Premiership.

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