An update has emerged on Rangers and their pursuit of a centre-back to improve Gio van Bronckhorst’s squad at Ibrox.
According to the Daily Record, Dutch club Vitesse are willing to part ways with Danilho Doekhi this month for a fee in the region of £2m. He is out of contract at the end of the season and the Eredivisie side will accept a fee to cash in on him now before losing him for nothing.
The report claims that the Gers see him as a potential replacement for Connor Goldson at centre-back and are eyeing a possible swoop for him this month.
Rangers could pull off a masterclass by bringing Doekhi to the club in January. Although he is available on a free in the summer, signing him now for a cut-price £2m fee would strengthen their side in the short term and allow van Bronckhorst to bed in a new centre-back partnership ahead of next season.
If Goldson, as the report suggests, is due to leave in the summer then it could be Calvin Bassey who the Vitesse man is set to play alongside should he arrive at Ibrox. Imagine Doekhi and Bassey playing together at the back in the second half of the season…
The ex-Leicester man has started nine games since van Bronckhorst arrived, all at centre-back, and the Gers have kept seven clean sheets and conceded twice in those matches. This highlights how well he has played since his positional shift, but what about Doekhi?
Thomas Letsch, manager of his current club, previously took the time to heap praise on the defender, saying: “Danilho is extremely important. He is one of the best centre-backs of the Eredivisie.
“Of course there is more talk about Oussama Tannane, Riechedly Bazoer and the attacking players. But it is very important for the team that you are stable and prevent goals. Everyone is responsible for that, but Doekhi, Jacob Rasmussen and also Tomas Hajek do a super job.
“He already played fantastic last year and this season he has performed at the highest level in every game. Danilho makes almost no mistakes and is an absolute team player, a very calm player. flat developed. He coaches other players very well. He is calmer than other players and perhaps that makes him less noticeable, but he is the reserve captain for a reason.”
Doekhi has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.01 in the Eredivisie this season, winning 65% of his duels and making an impressive 3.6 tackles and interceptions per game. At the age of 23, he also has the potential to improve further in years to come.
Therefore, him and Bassey, 22, could be the club’s centre-back partnership for many, many, years. That is why this could be a masterclass from the Gers by snapping the Dutchman up and playing him alongside the Nigeria international.
AND in other news, Rangers gifted huge transfer boost that’ll surely leave Ibrox fans buzzing…