By Alex Stevens
Rangers have joined the race to sign Lech Poznan centre-back Paulis Arajuuri this summer, according to a report.
The Scottish giants are keen on the giant Finland international as they eye up defensive reinforcements.
According to Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy, Rangers have set their sights once again on a Lech Poznan player despite their January move for Arajuuri’s former team-mate Maciej Gostomski not working out as hoped.
Goalkeeper Gostomski moved to Ibrox on a short-term deal in the January window but he reached an agreement with the club to end the contract prematurely in March.
Nevertheless, Rangers’ recruitment chiefs are convinced the Polish league can provide further talent for their first-team squad as they prepare for life in the Scottish Premiership next season.
Arajuuri is a 6ft 4in, 27-year–old Finland international whose strengths are said to be his aerial ability and his reading of the game.
He is also being closely monitored by Premier League-bound Burnley as well as Cardiff, Chievo, Bologna, FC Zurich, Spartak Moscow and Terek Grozny.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has said he wants to sign up to eight new players during the summer as he strengthens his squad ahead of their much-anticipated return to the top flight.
The centre of the defence is said to be a priority as he plans to provide further competition for regular pairing Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson.
In other Rangers news, one of the team’s emerging stars could be playing in the Premier League next season.