In a recent interview, former defender Alan Hutton has backed Glasgow Rangers to land Joseph Okumu this summer.
So far this season, Okumu has highly impressed over his 24 Allsvenskan appearances for IF Elfsborg, with the centre-back helping his side keep six clean sheets, as well as making an average of 2.7 interceptions, 1.3 tackles and 4.7 clearances per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.20 – ranking him as the club’s third-best performer in the Swedish top flight.
And, according to Football Insider, Steven Gerrard’s side have made an approach to sign the £1.08 million-rated 23-year-old this summer, something which Hutton, in a recent interview with the same website, threw his backing behind, suggesting that Okumu could be the latest gem that the Gers scouting team have unearthed.
He said: “You could go through the Rangers team and list off the gems. You would say the scouting team is working. We all believe in it. They’ve done enough over the previous years for us to trust in them. If they’ve been scouting a player, they haven’t just done it like, ‘We’ll just go and watch that player for a couple of days.’
“They’ve been meticulous in everything that they do; watching games, watching footage, what kind of character he is. I think they like to go into depth with all the players and all the signings. Therefore, I would 100 per cent put my trust in them.”
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With Filip Helander being linked with an exit from Ibrox this summer, as both Leicester City and Aston Villa thought to be keen on the Gers defender, it would appear a very real possibility that Gerrard will have to replace the Swede in the upcoming transfer window.
And, judging from his displays for Elfsborg so far this season, it would certainly appear as if the 6 foot 3 Okumu is a prime candidate to do so, and, if Rangers do manage to get a deal over the line for the 23-year-old, perhaps he could be the latest gem the Gers scouting team have unearthed, as Hutton suggests.
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