According to Aftonbladet, Glasgow Rangers are set for an Old Firm battle as they aim to sign Joseph Okumu from Swedish outfit Elfsborg.
The Lowdown: Gers planning for summer transfers
After a fantastic campaign which saw the Gers go unbeaten in the Premiership as they won the title (BBC), Steven Gerrard and co must prepare for an upcoming Champions League run.
As such, there is likely to be plenty of transfer business done at Ibrox over the coming months for the 55-time Scottish champions.
The Latest: Gers to battle Celtic for Okumu
Now, this latest report suggests they are interested in signing Okumu, who is also on the radar of their fierce city rivals Celtic.
Gent, Reims and Lorient are also in pursuit, with the latter said to have launched an offer of 30m SEK (£3m). Elfsborg are said to be looking for £4m to part ways with the 24-year-old.
The Verdict: Worth a punt
In Europe, Okumu has only played for Elfsborg, but he has received plenty of praise for his performances. His teammate at the Swedish outfit, Johan Larsson, compared him to Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk (tuko.co.ke), while Elfsborg sporting director Stefan Andreasson said he was the best central defender to play in the Swedish Allsvenskan (The Daily Record), and therefore even better than current Gers man Filip Helander.
Should Rangers sign Okumu?
He so far has no experience in European competition and, at £4m, he would not come particularly cheap. However, given the praise he has received and the plentiful interest in his services, he is clearly a quality player and could be a top signing for Ross Wilson and co if they can capture his services.
In other news, Kieran Maguire has made this Ibrox claim.
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