Rangers could be reportedly set to receive an offer for striker Fashion Sakala, with the Zambia international currently facing an uncertain future under Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Ibrox.
As the report suggests, the Gers forward is well known to Clarets boss Vincent Kompany having come up against each other during their time in Belgium, with the latter man having played for and managed RSC Anderlecht prior to his recent return to England.
The report also reveals that the Rangers speedster – who only arrived in Glasgow last summer on a free transfer – is said to be frustrated at having been shunted out wide by manager van Bronckhorst, with his preference seemingly to play through the middle.
That potential, impending exit appears to be the natural conclusion to what’s been an indifferent spell in Scotland for the £4.05m-rated man, with Sakala having failed to truly establish himself under both Van Bronckhorst and his predecessor Steven Gerrard.
While the £8.3k-per-week dud scored a respectable tally of 12 goals and seven assists in 50 appearances in all competitions last term, only 18 of those outings came from the start, having failed to earn the trust of his manager.
That has been evident by his failure to earn a single minute of action in the club’s opening four games of the new season, with such a snub even more damning considering that fellow forward Alfredo Morelos is only just making his slow recovery from injury.
The addition of Antonio Colak over the summer has also shunted the 5 foot 10 attacker down the offensive pecking order, with the former Malmo loanee – who helped dump Rangers out of the Champions League last season – having notably netted in the remarkable recent triumph over Union Saint-Gilloise.
With Morelos also making a goalscoring return against Kilmarnock last weekend and with Kemar Roofe set to return from injury in the coming weeks, it appears unlikely that Sakala will be afforded much in the way of first-team action.
While he did enjoy the high of scoring against rivals Celtic last term, there were notable lows for the one-time Spartak Moscow man, having come under particular scrutiny for his display when leading the line against Braga in the Europa League back in April.
With the player himself admitting that Van Bronckhorst does not view him as a viable centre-forward fit – and with the club bringing in Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo as wide options – it is clear that the Zambian is simply surplus to requirements.
Amid this latest interest from south of the border, it must be seen an opportune time for the Gers boss to ditch a player he clearly has little faith in.