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Rangers: Lorient make bid for Joseph Okumu

Rangers: Lorient make bid for Joseph Okumu - Rangers Transfer Rumours

Rangers have suffered a possible blow in their quest to sign Joseph Okumu this summer, with Lorient making a bid to sign the defender.

The Lowdown: Rangers keen on signing Okumu

Steven Gerrard is eyeing up reinforcements ahead of next season as the Gers seek to clinch a second successive Premiership crown.

Rangers have been linked with Elfsborg centre-back Okumu, with Old Firm rivals Celtic also tipped to make a move for the 24-year-old.

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The Latest: Lorient make the first move

There has been a fresh twist in the saga, however, with L’Equipe claiming [via Daily Record] that Lorient are now the front-runners to sign Okumu, having tabled a €2.5m (£2.1m) bid for him.

Elfsborg are believed to be holding out for closer to €4m (£3.4m), though, as the Kenyan’s future remains up in the air.

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The Verdict: Time for Gers to act

This update represents a setback for Rangers, considering that Okumu has been such an impressive performer for the Swedish club, even being compared to Virgil van Dijk – who won three Premiership titles with Celtic – by Elfsborg teammate Johan Larsson.

He has also made seven appearances for Kenya and averaged 1.7 tackles per game at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, impressing on the international stage.

Okumu’s age means he is likely to improve further in the coming years, too, so Gerrard would be wise to consider making an offer for him, especially with the defender wanting to test himself in a stronger league and the Gers at risk of being beaten to the punch by the more proactive Lorient.

In other news, a pundit has tipped one player to jump at the chance of moving to Rangers this summer. Find out who it is here.

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