Steven Gerrard has been boosted by the reported news at Rangers that Britt Assombalonga will take a wage cut in order to join the Ibrox outfit this summer.
According to teamTALK, the 28-year-old is close to agreeing terms with Rangers, having been linked with a move from Middlesbrough in recent weeks, despite interest from Championship, German and Belgian clubs.
They suggest that the former Nottingham Forest man will take a significant wage drop in order to join Gerrard’s side this summer, which will undoubtedly put him in the good books of the 40-year-old manager and sporting director Ross Wilson, considering he reportedly earns £35k per week with the Championship side.
Whilst Assombalonga hasn’t lived up to his £15m price tag with the North East club, he has enjoyed prolific spells with Nottingham Forest and Peterborough United in the past, so Rangers will be hoping that he can rediscover his goalscoring touch at Ibrox.
In total, the powerful striker has managed 131 goals in his senior career, which suggests that, with a bit more confidence, he can definitely find the net on a regular basis in Gerrard’s side next season.
Certainly, the fact that he is willing to take a pay cut in order to join the Premiership champions bodes well for his future with the club and fans will be hoping that he works hard to prove himself and compete with the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten in Gerrard’s attack.
Whilst you wouldn’t expect Assombalonga to displace the Colombian as Rangers’ star man up front, the fact that he is likely to join on a free transfer due to his contract at Middlesbrough expiring means that this is a very low-risk transfer for the Light Blues and it gives them some added squad depth ahead of next season.
Considering that both Jermaine Defoe and Greg Stewart are set to leave this summer when their own contracts expire, depth up front is certainly something that Gerrard will have been looking to add, and it looks as if Rangers have managed to get their first piece of summer business done very early.