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Rangers will make a move for Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe if star player Alfredo Morelos leaves Ibrox this summer, according to The Scottish Sun.
The paper say that the Colombian international is edging closer to an exit during the transfer window, with the club hoping to cash in on the forward for a fee of around £10m.
The report states that Director of Football Mark Allen has now been tasked with finding replacements and that Roofe, currently top of that list, could arrive for as much as £5m.
The 26-year-old has less than a year left on his contract and the Gers would have to at least match the £10,000-a-week wages he currently earns at Elland Road, according to the outlet.
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Morelos has been a sensation in Scottish football since joining from HJK Helsinki in the summer of 2017. He’s netted 48 goals and created 19 assists in 91 appearances for the club in the two seasons since, netting 30 of those last term alone.
It’s a prolific scoring rate that Rangers will need to continue if they are to end Celtic’s dominance of winning every domestic trophy available over the last few years.
Roofe is a talented player and has emerged as a key player for Leeds, ending last season as their top scorer, but there’s little evidence to suggest he can replace Morelos’ goals.
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Now 26 years of age, the only season in which Roofe has scored more than 15 goals in came when he was still playing at League Two level with Oxford United in 2015/16.
He is a player that offers versatility, having played on both flanks and through the middle regularly, but Rangers need a specialist goal poacher like the Colombian and Roofe doesn’t fit the bill as a direct replacement. In fact, investing the reported £5m in the player with that intention could end up being a serious mistake.