Rangers have been dealt a big blow in Giovanni’s pursuit of another attacker signing to Ibrox during the January transfer window.
Transfer insider Pete O’Rourke has claimed that Championship side Bournemouth are poised to complete a move for a Gers target ahead of Monday’s deadline.
He Tweeted: “Hearing Bournemouth have agreed a deal for Peterborough’s Siriki Dembele. A number of clubs have been chasing Dembele but Bournemouth have agreed undisclosed fee with Peterborough for the winger.”
The Light Blues have been touted with an interest in the Scottish forward this month and now look set to miss out on him.
This news will surely leave van Bronckhorst gutted as it means that he will not be able to bring the attacker in during the current window or in the summer.
Dembele could have been a fine addition to his squad at Ibrox and he will be frustrated that he now appears to be on his way to Bournemouth to work with Scott Parker at the Vitality Stadium.
In his last 66 starts for Peterborough, he has produced 16 goals and 11 assists for the English outfit. This shows that he has the quality to score and create goals in the final third, proving it in the third and second tier in England, suggesting that he could make an impact for the Gers in the Premiership.
Ryan Kent managed three goals and three assists in two Championship seasons for Barnsley and Bristol City combined prior to his move to Rangers and he has been an exceptional signing for the club.
The ex-Liverpool man provided ten goals and nine assists for Steven Gerrard in the league last term, showing the level of quality he has been able to bring to the table.
Therefore, Dembele could have had a similar impact if he came through the door at Ibrox. Instead, he looks to be on his way to Bournemouth and Rangers may have to abandon any plans to further strengthen their wide options this month and wait until the summer to bring in additional firepower.
This is why van Bronckhorst will be gutted with this news, as the 25-year-old could have been an exciting signing for him. At the age of 25, he also has the potential to improve further and the Dutch head coach will not be able to enjoy developing him on the training pitch.