Scottish Premiership side Rangers are set to offer a bumper long-term deal to Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo, according to reports from Football Insider.
The 22-year-old has become one of the most in-demand players in the country, on the back of a hugely impressive campaign for Charlton last term.
The tenacious midfielder played an influential role in helping the Addicks win promotion from League One, scoring 10 goals and producing five assists for Lee Bowyer’s side in all competitions.
But the London club are facing a major fight to keep hold of their star-man, with the midfielder’s contract at the Valley set to expire at the end of the month.
Now, Football Insider claims that Steven Gerrard’s side are set to offer a signifcant pay-rise and a long-term deal, in a bid to lure him to Ibrox this summer.
It is believed that the Glasgow side have held discussions with the player and his representatives, and cross-border rules mean that the Gers would only have to pay a minor compensation fee for the homegrown star.
I think that Aribo would be an incredible signing for Rangers, but it would be a strange move for him in my view.
Plenty of high-profile clubs in England are after his signature, so to snub that interest and move to the SPFL would certainly raise a lot of eyebrows.
He has the potential to be a top Premier League player one day, and moving to Scotland could decrease those chances.