Glasgow Rangers transfer target Joseph Okumu has revealed he is ready to take the next step and leave current club Elfsborg.
The Lowdown: Gers want Okumu
The Gers have been heavily linked with a move for Okumu (Aftonbladet), who currently plays in the Swedish Allsvenskan.
Their fierce city rivals Celtic have also been linked with a move for the central defender, who has been compared to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (mozzartsportke.com).
The Latest: Okumu speaks out on future
Speaking to Swedish outlet Fotbolldirekt.se, Okumu admitted he is ready to take the next step. He said:
“Yes, definitely [will take the next step]. The most important thing is that I have already made an impression here.
“When I have done that, and both I and the club are satisfied. I think we have the same interests here, that I will take the next step.
“I let my agent take care of it. When there is something concrete, he will let me know, but we have not talked about this, so I am not so sure about it.”
The Verdict: Time to strike
These comments from the 24-year-old indicate that it is time for the Gers to strike if they want to take him to Ibrox. While not directed at Rangers explicitly, this is a come-and-get-me plea to any of the clubs interested in the Kenya international’s services.
Should Rangers sign Okumu?
It has previously been said Elfsborg are looking for a fee of at least 40m SEK – about £3.4m. That would be a considerable sum for the 55-time Scottish champions, but with them in with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League group stages, they should not be frugal as they look for new signings. It remains to be seen whether Ross Wilson and co react to Okumu’s words.
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