An intriguing update has emerged in Rangers’ pursuit to bring Caleb Chukwuemeka to Ibrox this summer
According to the Daily Mail, Rangers are chasing a deal to sign the Northampton Town striker.
The 19-year-old is out of contract in January 2022 and would cost the Scottish champions around £60k in compensation to snap up unless he signs a new deal at Sixfields.
Premier League sides Aston Villa and Norwich are also said to have held an interest in Chukwuemeka previously, although it remains to be seen if they are now willing to challenge Rangers for his signature.
Gers fans would surely be buzzing if the club signed Chukwuemeka this summer or in January on a compensation deal. Steven Gerrard must ensure that he sanctions a swoop for the young attacker as it would be a signing for supporters to get excited about.
The 19-year-old is a promising young player and his current boss Keith Curle said that he has excitement and freedom in his play, which fans of the Scottish Premiership side could enjoy watching at Ibrox for years to come.
“Caleb has got an unpredictability about him and he can be unorthodox at times.
“What we’re trying to do is get the fundamentals in place in his play without taking away that excitement and that freedom in his play.
“Part of his foundation within his play is that he’s allowed to express himself but he also needs to work on retaining possession and keeping the ball. But when you turn and you’re facing the goal, go and play.”
At the age of 19, Chukwuemeka is in the infancy of his playing career and the Gers could be signing an exciting talent for the future instead of someone who could come in and make an instant impact.
The Cobblers frontman could be a player Gerrard is able to take his time with and work with on the training ground to get him to a place where he is ready to come into the team and impress in the Scottish Premiership.
He could even go back out on loan to Northampton or another club in Scotland or England to further his development before returning to Ibrox at a later date.
The 5 foot 10 gem played 28 games in all competitions for Northampton last season, scoring twice and assisting one goal. This does not suggest that he is at a stage in his career right now where he can improve on Rangers’ current options in the first-team.
However, sporting director Ross Wilson and Gerrard will be looking for players in the short and long-term and the English dynamo slots into the latter category.