Rangers have offered a four-year deal to KV Oostende striker Fashion Sakala, according to reports in the Scottish media.
The Zambian international’s contract expires in the summer and he will be available on a free transfer. Fans on Twitter have been speculating on why manager Steven Gerrard wants to sign the 24-year-old:
Hope if true it’s not in place of Alfie
— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🇬🇧 (@AyeReady_4444) April 25, 2021
Won’t be replacing anyone. On paper he immediately makes us stronger both on the park and on the bench. It’s a win win
— 💙 (@Andrews22571) April 25, 2021
Can’t say I’ve seen him play. But contributing to 16 goals in 28 games in Belgium’s top league. His team finishing 5th. Looks good
— Only Team For Me (@OnlyTeamForMe54) April 25, 2021
Never heard of him tbh.
— Mandalawriean (@IamtheLaw_rie) April 25, 2021
This guy will have some top songs!
— laps66 (@laps066) April 25, 2021
David Bowie playing at Ibrox next season every goal he scores
— Duncan McKay (@DumcanMckay) April 25, 2021
There is a possibility that Sakala is being lined up to replace Alfredo Morelos. Director of Football Ross Wilson has previously confirmed that they have promised the Colombian that he can leave if a club meets their asking price.
However, the more likely reason is that the Light Blues are lining up a replacement for Jermain Defoe. The veteran’s current deal at Ibrox ends in June and there has been no talk about an extension.
Sakala would certainly be a useful squad player, having scored 13 goals in 28 appearances for Oostende this campaign, so he could offer competition for the likes of Morelos and Kemar Roofe.