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According to the Daily Mail, Rangers have taken Finnish winger Serge Atakayi on trial - and are 'hopeful of completing a deal' for the winger once his spell is over.
The Gers have added eight new signings this summer, as Matt Gilks, Lee Hodson, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks, Josh Windass and Niko Kranjcar have all arrived at Ibrox as Mark Warburton gears up for his first Scottish Premiership campaign.
More signings are expected this summer, with the first team the focus - but an eye will be cast towards the future, with manager Warburton long viewed as a coach who can develop young players.
Now, the Daily Mail report that winger Serge Atakayi has joined Rangers on trial, and could earn a permanent move to Ibrox at the end of his spell with the club.
Atakayi, 17, has been on trial with Leicester City in recent times, but Rangers are ready to battle the Premier League title winners, whilst he's also trained with Championship side Fulham in a bid to win a deal in England.
Now though, it's up to Scotland for Atakayi, and it's claimed that Rangers are hopeful of eventually sealing a permanent deal having been impressed with his displays for Finnish outfit FF Jaro, where Gers scouts have been watching him in action.
Atakayi would surely be viewed as a player for Rangers' development squad, but he appears to be a player with real star potential - and a Rangers scout has commented on the move.
Rangers' scout and academy coach Alan Boyd told the Daily Mail that the Gers have a 'serious interest' in signing Congo-born forward, so will take a keen look at him during his trial spell.
"He is a very good prospect and it will be good to see what he can do training with Rangers," said Boyd. "I liked the way he played and he looks like he is learning about the game all the time. The next step is to see how he fits in at Rangers and how he trains with us. So yes, we have a serious interest in Serge," he added.
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