An update has emerged on Rangers and their interest in bringing a new forward to Ibrox in the summer transfer window.
According to outlet Foot News, citing their sources in Scotland, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign winger Theo Bongonda ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The report claims that Genk would be willing to sell him for a fee in the region of €7m (£6m) – the price they paid to sign him from Zulte-Waregem in 2019.
It is also stated that the attacker is attracting interest from the UAE but would prefer to join a club playing European football.
By securing a deal to sign the Pro League forward, Ross Wilson can land the dream replacement for Joe Aribo at Ibrox. The Nigeria international is reportedly closing in on a £10m move to Premier League side Southampton and the Gers can bring in Bongonda with £4m to spare.
In the Premiership last season, the ex-Charlton man produced eight goals and five assists – playing in a number 10 role and out wide at times for Steven Gerrard and then Gio van Bronckhorst. This came after he managed seven goals and four assists in the Scottish top-flight in 2020/21.
He is a proven performer for the Gers in the final third and will leave a huge hole in the squad if and when his move to Southampton is confirmed.
However, Rangers fans may quickly forget about the 25-year-old if the club can secure Bongonda’s services as he has the potential to be a better player for the club.
The Genk attacker, who can play on both flanks, can come in and be Aribo’s replacement on the right of van Bronckhorst’s front three and has been in fantastic form in recent seasons in Belgium.
In the 2021/22 campaign, he found the back of the net 12 times and set up two goals – creating seven big chances – after scoring 16 goals and providing eight assists – creating ten big chances – in the previous season.
This means that, in the last two league campaigns, the wing wizard has been directly involved in 14 goals more for Genk than Aribo has been for Rangers.
These statistics suggest that he has the potential to come in and make a bigger impact in the final third and make Light Blues fans forget all about the Nigerian maestro by being a dream replacement for him…