The Scottish giants have reportedly contacted Portland about the possibility of signing the 26-year-old Nigerian, but the MLS side are reluctant to let him leave.
Rangers have enquired about the possibility of signing Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi, according to the US Metro.
Adi, 26, first joined the Timbers from FC Copenhagen in May 2014 on an initial loan deal which later became permanent and has since established himself as one of the most prolific goalscorers in MLS, netting 41 times in 90 regular season appearances.
The Nigerian forward proved key to helping Caleb Porter’s side clinch their first-ever MLS Cup title in 2015, and while they surprisingly missed out on a playoff spot this past term, he still managed to finish joint-fifth in the Golden Boot standings with 16 goals in 33 games.
His impressive performances have unsurprisingly led to suggestions that he could make a move back to Europe in the near future, and reports over the summer named the likes of Crystal Palace, Saint-Etienne, Celtic and Rangers as potential suitors [h/t Goal.com].
Adi’s representatives even revealed in June that Rangers had sent scouts to watch him in action earlier during the 2016 season, and the latest reports claim that the Scottish Premiership side have now enquired about a price for the 6ft 4in front man ahead of the January transfer window.
However, according to the US Metro’s sources, the Timbers have so far refused to hold talks with Rangers and remain adamant that their star striker is not for sale.
It comes after another of their key players, midfielder Darlington Nagbe, was spotted at Celtic’s Champions League clash with Barcelona last month amid rumours that he could be moving to Parkhead permanently this winter, leaving Portland unlikely to let Adi leave as well.
The fact that the former Under-23 international has yet to earn a senior cap for Nigeria despite being called up to the squad in the past could also make it hard for him to secure a work permit in the event of a proposed switch to the UK, while he also put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension back in March.
With his physicality, superb hold-up play and finishing skills, he would certainly make a fine addition to Mark Warburton’s squad, but the chances of an imminent move to Ibrox look slim at this stage.