Rangers have made an offer for Moussa Konate ahead of the closure of the transfer window, according to a report by L’Equipe.
It is claimed the Light Blues have made a bid of just under €10m (£9m) for the Amiens forward as they look for a potential replacement for Alfredo Morelos.
Konate, who is a Senegal international, reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations this summer, however he was unable to help his country overcome Algeria and lift the trophy.
Replacing a player like Morelos (should he depart Ibrox) will always be a tough ask. The Colombia international has been nothing but prolific during his time in Scotland as he has netted 57 goals in 100 appearances for Rangers, including nine goals in nine matches this season already (Transfermarkt).
However, Konate could be a brilliant replacement for the South American if the Light Blues were to sign him.
According to his characteristics (via WhoScored), Konate is also very strong in the air as he likes to make a number of attempts with his head – which is something Rangers may benefit from because of the wing options that Steven Gerrard appears to like to play with a 4-3-3 formation and utilise wing play at times (Modern Fitba).
However, it would also appear as though the Senegal forward has some areas of his game that he will need to work on. It is claimed his offside awareness is poor, whilst he does not seem to be strong on the ball or contribute with the defensive side of the game.
Indeed, whether Rangers will be willing to splash £9m on Konate also appears to be a topic up for debate, as the £3.51m spent on Filip Helander earlier this summer was the most Gerrard has splashed on a player since arriving at Ibrox (Transfermarkt) and whether the Gers will be willing to triple that remains to be seen.
Konate could be a good addition to Rangers should they lose Morelos as he has the ability to find the back of the net in a proven league.
However, there will be obvious questions about the rumoured transfer fee and the Light Blues’ ability to pay it, whilst there will also be concerns as to whether the 26-year-old will fit into Gerrard’s system at Ibrox and be as big a hit as the Colombian has proved to be over the last two years.
With just a week or so to go, there could still be some interesting developments regarding this particular story.
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