Rangers completed the loan signing of Ianis Hagi from Genk this morning and he may not be their only addition on transfer deadline day.
According to the Daily Record, the ‘Gers are closing in on a move for Burnley striker Matej Vydra, with Steven Gerrard keen to add to his attacking options in the final few hours of the transfer window.
The Light Blues have also made an approach for Hibernian striker Florian Kamberi (as per BBC) and have also been contemplating a move for Livingston’s Lyndon Dykes if that fails to materialise (as per The Scottish Sun).
Gerrard currently has just three centre-forwards in his squad and one of those, Jermain Defoe, is set to miss at least the next four weeks after suffering a calf injury in midweek (as per The Scottish Sun). Greg Stewart has also been injured of late but the manager said this morning that he could return for tomorrow’s match against Aberdeen. Top scorer Alfredo Morelos also had a small calf problem in recent days but did feature as a substitute against Ross County in midweek.
Vydra has struggled for game-time at Burnley this season, making just nine appearances and getting only 231 minutes on the pitch. His only start so far in 2019/20 came in the Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland back in August, with no goals so far this term and only two since the beginning of 2018/19. The Czech Republic international has a decent scoring record at English Championship level, with 65 goals in 187 appearances, but has scored just four times in 43 games in the Premier League.
While the 27-year-old’s form of late does not seem very encouraging, neither did that of Defoe before he came to Rangers from Bournemouth a year ago. The veteran ‘Gers striker had not scored for the Cherries in 2018/19 before his move to Ibrox and, having played just 254 minutes for Eddie Howe’s side last season, he was in a similar predicament to the one in which Vydra currently finds himself. Defoe’s career has since received a major shot in the arm, with 25 goals in 50 games for the Light Blues.
Defoe’s injury has amplified the need for Rangers to bolster their centre-forward options before the transfer window closes and the 37-year-old’s change in fortunes since coming to Ibrox seems pertinent in the wake of the club’s interest in Vydra.
The Burnley striker has proven to be a dependable scorer at English Championship level and he could well look at Defoe’s Rangers career as an example of how centre-forwards can be reinvigorated under Gerrard after struggling in the Premier League. If the 27-year-old completes a switch to Ibrox this evening, his coup may be just as transformative as Defoe’s has been.
Rangers fans, do you think that Vydra will be signed before tonight’s deadline? Do you think he could make a similar impact to Defoe if he does come to Ibrox? Comment below with your views!
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