Glasgow Rangers are interested in a deal to bring Wesley Hoedt to Ibrox in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Record, who claim that Ross Wilson sent scouts to watch the centre-back in action for Anderlecht last weekend ahead of a potential move for the 27-year-old in the winter market.
A further report by Ibrox Noise also suggested that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are keeping a very close eye on the defender, who already holds a relationship with three of the current Rangers staff – Wilson, who signed the defender for Southampton, Kemar Roofe, who played with the centre-back at Anderlecht, and Van Bronckhorst himself, a compatriot of Hoedt.
Considering just how poor a signing for Southampton Hoedt proved to be, the news that Wilson appears to once again be targeting a move for the 27-year-old is surely something that will make Rangers fans fume.
Indeed, following his £15m move to St. Mary’s back in 2017, the centre-back went on to make just 45 appearances for the Premier League side, with Ralph Hasenhuttl sending the defender out on loan to clubs such as Celta Vigo, Royal Antwerp and Lazio – the latter of whom rejected the chance to make the Netherlands international’s temporary switch a €5m (£4m) permanent deal this summer.
The defender himself even admitted Wilson’s decision to sign him for Saints was a mistake, stating: “[Hasenhuttl] told me he wanted to give me a second chance, but I never got one to begin with. I trained hard for six weeks, but it was for nothing. After another chat with him, I decided to prove my worth elsewhere.
“I made a mistake [leaving Lazio]. I had a five-year contract with them. Italian football culture is very professional, but everyone wants to play in the best league in the world, the Premier League, and Southampton offered me a contract that I couldn’t refuse. Unfortunately, the club had two bad seasons and things didn’t go as I thought they would.”
As such, while it is true the £13k-per-week centre-back is enjoying a much better time of it at Anderlecht, averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.01 over his 16 Pro League appearances this season, considering just how badly things turned out for Hoedt last time he was in the UK, the signing of the defender would very much appear to be a risk that is not worth taking for Wilson.