Whilst the summer transfer window may be shut, and Glasgow Rangers may have signed Bongani Zungu on loan from Amiens, a new transfer update has now emerged…
According to football.london correspondent Chris Watson, Jack Wilshere would seriously consider a move if Steven Gerrard’s side came calling. Wilshere has been heavily linked with a move to Ibrox after West Ham United tore up his contract on deadline day.
And the former Arsenal midfielder is keen to reunite with his old international teammate, although he will have to sit and wait while Rangers mull over a move. A source close to the situation told the Press Association: “Rangers would be an option for Jack if there had been any contact. So far, however, there hasn’t been any.
“Jack thinks Rangers are a great club. They tried to take him on loan when Walter Smith was in charge back in 2010 just as he was starting out at Arsenal but he ended up going to Bolton.”
It’s claimed that he wants to try something a little bit different, something not many other English players have ever experienced. And the Scottish Premiership certainly fits the profile.
Whilst Zungu may turn out to be a shrewd signing, it’s safe to say that Gerrard’s side still lack a playmaker, which is a signing he has wanted for so long. Indeed, the Rangers boss even described him as a “dominant” midfielder who “fits the profile of player that adds further strength and depth to our midfield” while his compatriot Benni McCarthy insisted he did not hesitate to recommend him to Rangers, saying “he can play as a defensive midfielder too because he is so good at cleaning up” in an interview with The Scottish Sun.
Although statistics aren’t everything, a look at the numbers seems to suggest that Zungu isn’t the attacking midfielder that Gerrard had in mind though, as he only scored a single goal in 26 Ligue 1 games last term, which is where Wilshere comes in.
Once lauded as a “special” talent by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, it is fair to say that he failed to hit the same heights at West Ham that he enjoyed in the 2013/14 season, where he scored three goals and supplied four assists in the Premier League for Arsenal, whilst he averaged 1.9 dribbles and 1.4 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
While Wilshere’s career has been plagued by persistent injury problems, he has show signs that seem to suggest that he is fully fit and raring to go, as he has been hitting the gym ahead of his next career move. He even said on social media that he had been often overlooked by David Moyes despite the fact he had been “fully fit for large periods of time.”
But his wage demands could still be a stumbling block for the Gers, so it remains to be seen if Ross Wilson will be willing to sanction a transfer. However, the £4.32m-rated ace would be a relatively-risk free signing, as Gerrard has already shown that he can carefully manage injury-prone players like Ryan Jack. If he can stay fit for a whole season, Wilshere may make a massive difference if Rangers are to regain their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, by adding plenty of creativity to the middle of the pitch.
AND in other news, Rangers must make bargain swoop for ex-Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge…