Crystal Palace are reportedly one of several Premier League clubs tracking Rangers forward Joe Aribo ahead of the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, the Eagles are joined by newly-promoted duo Brentford and Watford in the hunt for the 25-year-old’s signature.
Aribo has entered the final 18 months of his current contract with the Glasgow giants, and as a result, new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst may be tempted to offload the creative talent during the winter window.
The report states that: “Rangers will be reluctant to lose key man Aribo who has started all but one of their games this season.
“But his contract situation, with his deal expiring in 2023, has left them vulnerable and given hope to his admirers that they may be able to prise him away in either the January window or next summer.”
After joining the Gers on a free transfer following his departure from Charlton Athletic back in 2019, Aribo has established himself as one of the Scottish Premiership’s most exciting attacking talents.
In 116 appearances for the Ibrox outfit, the Nigeria international has scored 21 goals and provided a further 18 assists for his teammates, playing a pivotal part in the club’s top-flight title victory in ten years last season.
Speaking after a particularly impressive performance against East Fife, former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard lauded Aribo’s talents.
“I am not sure how many good players have been at this stadium, but I don’t think you will see many better than Joe,” said the now Aston Villa manager.
“Top players turn up anywhere, it doesn’t matter if it is in front of 50,000, or 1500, your standards are always the same, and from day one, Joe has done that. He was outstanding from start to finish.
“He can go as far as he wants. I hope he stays alongside me for many years, but he’s got the world at his feet.”
With loanee Conor Gallagher expected to return to his parent club Chelsea at the end of the season, Patrick Vieira will need some engine room reinforcements over the coming months, and Aribo could be the dream replacement.
He’s cultivated an enviable reputation for his dribbling skills and ability to pick out a pass, as well as being comfortable sticking a foot in and dispossessing opponents during his time north of the border, all traits that would allow him to adapt to the Premier League with ease.