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Transfer Focus: Karim Ansarifard would be a quality replacement for misfiring Kyle Lafferty

Rangers are interested in signing Nottingham Forest striker Karim Ansarifard this summer, according to website Football Insider.

What’s the story?

In Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos, Rangers already have talented players to call upon in attack at Ibrox.

Beyond those two though there’s not much depth, with only Kyle Lafferty or untested talents like Dapo Mebude available.

Football Insider reckon that with Morelos’ long-term future at the club in doubt, Steven Gerrard is considering a move for Ansarifard, impressed by his end-of-season form and scoring record on the continent in previous years.

Where would he fit in at Rangers?

Ansarifard had a huge delay to making his Forest debut after work permit problems and international participation with Iran in the Asian Cup.

Eventually though he made 12 appearances in the English Championship during 2018/19, scoring twice and assisting two more.

It’s his record at Greek giants Olympiacos that would likely excite Rangers fans most though, having netted an impressive 18 goals in 27 appearances throughout 2017/18.

That kind of goalscoring record, coupled with his ability to play with power and strength, makes him an excellent potential replacement for Lafferty.

Signing from Hearts last summer, the Northern Ireland international has failed to impressed and has made few appearances since Defoe joined on loan from Bournemouth.

With the Gers looking to compete on multiple fronts next season and have tactical flexibility, possessing three quality forwards is a must and Ansarifard certainly ticks plenty of boxes.

Lafferty’s excellent record at Tynecastle justified his signing, but his return simply hasn’t developed in the way anyone at Ibrox would like, so it’s time for Rangers to think about his exit.

Article title: Transfer Focus: Karim Ansarifard would be a quality replacement for misfiring Kyle Lafferty

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