New Rangers trialist Oguchi Onyewu
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Daily Mail that defender Oguchi Onyewu is training with the club, and could earn a permanent move to Ibrox.
Warburton has heavily strengthened his squad after winning promotion to the top flight, with Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar all arriving - on top of Matt Crooks and Joshua Windass, who signed pre-contract agreements in January.
Despite landing 37-year-old defender Hill, Warburton still appears to be keen on adding experience to his defence - and a former international defender is now on trial with the club.
Warburton confirmed to the Daily Mail that 34-year-old Oguchi Onyewu has joined the club for training, with Rangers currently on a pre-season tour in the United States.
Onyewu, who played in the Champions League for AC Milan, also had spells with Standard Liege, Newcastle United, Sporting CP, Malaga and Sheffield Wednesday in a nomadic career which hasn't lived up to the hype from when the centre back was emerging.
Most recently with Charlton Athletic, Onyewu hasn't had a club since May 2015, but now has the chance to prove his fitness with the Gers.
A 6ft 4in physical specimen, Onyewu was always known for his superb strength, and after 69 caps for the United States national team, Onyewu could be calling Ibrox his new home if he impresses under Warburton.
The Gers boss told the Daily Mail that Onyewu was recommended to him by Niko Kranjcar's agent, and suggested that the centre back has ten days to impress and earn a permanent deal with the Glaswegians.
"Oguchi is someone we have been told about by Niko Kranjcar’s agent. We are having a look at him in training and will see how he gets on," said Warburton. "This is the first time I have seen him and he will need the first couple of days to acclimatise in terms of the pace of the session and getting to know the boys."
"I don’t know what he’s been doing over the last year. He’s just one that was mentioned to us to look at and he’s very promising. He’s suffered injuries in the past and maybe hasn’t realised his potential. He looks like an athlete. I wouldn’t mind having a build like that. He’s got a great pedigree and it’s a position we’re looking to strengthen. I will look at him for 10 days then say: “Thanks very much” and see what happens. If he does well then great, fantastic," he added.
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