Rangers have been tipped to return for Fenerbahce winger Bright Osayi-Samuel in the transfer window and if he were to join Steven Gerrard’s side this summer, it could well lead to Ianis Hagi departing Ibrox on a permanent deal.
According to Turkish news outlet Fotaspor (via Glasgow Live) Rangers have now made an approach for the former QPR man as he eyes a return to the UK this summer, with the Gers’ Old Firm rivals also credited with an interest in the 23-year-old.
Gerrard’s side were heavily linked with the young Nigerian in the January transfer window and he would’ve been available on a free transfer in the summer had he not completed a move to Fenerbahce, with the Turkish giants paying a fee to ensure that he joined before his contract with the R’s expired at the end of the season.
However, things have not really gone to plan for Osayi-Samuel in the Super Lig, as he has managed just one goal and one assist in 19 appearances for Fener, which has seemingly led to them wanting to cut their losses and sell him this summer after less than six months with the club.
The winger was really starting to hit form with QPR in the Championship before his January departure, with three goals and three assists in 21 appearances, so if he could rediscover his best form and improve even further with Rangers, then he could prove to be a solid addition this summer.
QPR boss Mark Warburton was full of praise for him last season, saying:
“I’m not sure many teams have that blistering pace. As long as he knows how to use it and that’s the key for him learning the game.
“He’s working so hard. He’s got that sheer pace which terrifies defenders and when he uses it wisely like he did today he looks a real handful.”
If the 23-year-old were to make the switch to Ibrox this summer then he could prove to be a direct replacement for Hagi in Gerrard’s side.
Following an impressive season that saw the former KRC Genk man contribute eight goals and 13 assists in all competitions for the Teddy Bears, he has been linked with a move away to the likes of Lazio and Sevilla, whilst a recent dispute over him wanting to play at the Olympics for Romania this summer could also be a catalyst in him leaving for good.
Therefore, if Rangers were to splash the cash on Osayi-Samuel this summer there would be a lot of competition at right-wing in Gerrard’s squad, so it would perhaps not be a surprise to see Hagi depart.
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