Rangers have been linked with both Aaron Boupendza and Britt Assombalonga ahead of the summer transfer window, with Steven Gerrard likely to add to his options at Ibrox ahead of next season.
With both Jermaine Defoe and Greg Stewart looking likely to depart at the end of the season when their contracts expire, it is no surprise that Rangers are being linked with strikers such as Boupendza and Assombalonga, but who would be the better signing of the two?
According to 90min, Rangers and their Old Firm rivals Celtic, along with several Premier League clubs are interested in signing the 24-year-old ahead of the summer, following his impressive debut season with Hatayspor.
The report suggests that Hatayspor would be willing to accept a bid of £8.5 million for the Gabon international, however, it is claimed that he would prefer a move to the Premier League.
Considering Boupendza has hit 18 goals in just 26 appearances in the Turkish Süper Lig this season, it is easy to see why he is attracting so much interest, although his goal records in previous spells in Portugal and France may well be a cause for concern.
The DR Congo international has enjoyed an excellent career in lower divisions of English football, with impressive spells at Peterborough, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough on his résumé.
Although things haven’t really gone to plan for the 28-year-old this season, with just five goals in 29 Championship appearances to his name, he has shown himself to be a prolific goalscorer in the past and could have a new lease of life under Gerrard at Rangers.
When comparing the two players form from this season, there is only one winner, with Boupendza having seriously impressed in Turkey.
However, Assombalonga is available on a free transfer and is arguably much more likely to want to make the switch to Ibrox than Boupendza, which makes him a more realistic option for Ross Wilson.
We have seen Kemar Roofe impress this season for Rangers having done well for Leeds United in the Championship in the past, so there is no reason why Assombalonga cannot do the same, whereas there is no guarantee that Boupendza’s impressive season this year could be replicated in the SPL.
Therefore, Wilson should, in our opinion, go for the safer and cheaper option of Assombalonga this summer and hope that he can rediscover some of his form from previous seasons at Ibrox.