Now that the January transfer window has opened, this will allow Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst to make some changes to his squad which he thinks will improve the team at Ibrox and help them close in on the Premiership title.
One player who has been touted for a move to the reigning Scottish champions is Anderlecht and former Southampton centre-back Wesley Hoedt, who was labelled a “top quality” player upon his arrival at St Mary’s by the club’s then vice-chairman Les Reed.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Rangers journalist Chris Jack had this to say about the possibility of Van Bronckhorst’s side making a move to sign Hoedt: “I think he’d be a good option. Also somebody that Ross Wilson knows well, and I think he’s coming from the type of market that Rangers are going to be shopping in.”
The defender joined Southampton in 2017 from Italian club Lazio but only racked up 45 appearances across all competitions before joining Anderlecht on a permanent basis last summer after loan spells with Celta Vigo, Royal Antwerp and a temporary return to Rome.
His short time with Anderlecht has arguably been more fruitful than his entire spell in the Premier League. The 27-year-old has played every minute of action for the Belgian outfit across all competitions so far this term, showing how important he is for them and why the club may be reluctant to let him go midway through the season if Rangers were to make an approach this month.
In the Belgian league, Hoedt’s performances have earned him an overall season rating of 7.12/10, making him Anderlecht’s fourth-highest rated player this term according to SofaScore. That would make the £3.6m-rated defender Rangers’ sixth-highest rated outfield player, which suggests that he could fit in with Van Bronckhorst’s squad in terms of quality on the pitch, delighting a lot of Gers fans in the process.
With this in mind and the possibility of current Rangers defender Connor Goldson leaving the club when his current deal expires in the summer after it was previously reported that he had rejected the chance to remain at Ibrox, this could pave the way for the Light Blues to launch a move for Hoedt at the end of the current season and see if Anderlecht would be willing to strike a deal.