Rangers have today confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson, and one of his teammates could soon follow.
Simpson has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Rangers this summer, with Cherries midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh now the next target.
STV’s Raman Bhardwaj has tweeted that Rangers are close to securing Ofoborh on a similar pre-contract agreement, with the Bournemouth pair heading to Ibrox this summer.
The Nigerian talent isn’t that much of a household name right now, so let’s dig into who Rangers’ next signing is…
The 21-year-old was previously on the books of Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall having been born in London, but had to make to the South Coast to make his breakthrough.
Ofoborh really excelled on loan at Wycombe Wanderers last season, bagging two goals in 25 games to help the Chairboys win promotion, and he received a message from Manchester United’s Paul Pogba after going up.
“Yo Nnamdi, what’s up man? It’s your boy PP,” said Pogba as he sent a message of support to his fellow midfielder. I heard about you, I just wanted to congratulate you on your promotion to the Championship. I heard about your long journey, in football and outside football. For sure, it’s not easy, it’s difficult what you did.”
“I just want to wish you the best – carry on, keep it up, keep doing what you’re doing man. I’m going to be looking after you, and looking at what you’re doing until you get to the Premier League. Keep it up my G, be together, peace man,” he added.
Rangers fans would no doubt love to see Ofoborh end up becoming their own Pogba at Ibrox, and the player himself will be hoping for Nigerian caps alongside Joe Aribo, having so far been left waiting for his first senior cap.
Ofoborh has only played three Championship games this season, but he clearly has huge potential – and what a bargain he could be for the Gers.
When it comes to the fee involved, the beauty for Rangers is that – right now at least – there isn’t one! Inside the final stages of his deal at Bournemouth, Ofoborh can now join Rangers for free in the summer.
Rangers could pursue a cut-price cash deal this month, but either way it looks to be a smart deal to add depth to Gerrard’s squad, with Ofoborh now testing himself at Rangers having admitted last summer that he feels ‘stronger mentally’ for playing with Wycombe, with this deal certainly the biggest step in his career, coming all the way from Tottenham reject to Rangers new boy.