By Tom Blackburn
Rangers triallist Serge Atakayi has signed a new one-year contract with Finnish club FF Jaro, it has been announced.
Atakayi signed the extension just before jetting into Murray Park for the trial, meaning Rangers must pay an increased fee if they want to sign the winger.
But Rangers are still interested in Atakayi and have admitted they are “serious” about bringing him to Ibrox permanently.
The FF Jaro website revealed on Sunday that the highly rate wide man had penned new terms with the club.
A statement on the FF Jaro website said: “Serge Atakayi has made an agreement with FF Jaro on a contract extension, a statement revealed.
“The agreement runs until the end of the period in 2017.
“Atakayin’s skills have attracted interest from across Europe, and now the youngster is facing a new test period with Rangers, having left on Monday for Glasgow.
“Serge will return to FF Jaro on Saturday.”
Atakayi, 17, can play on either wing, and earlier this year had a trial at Premier League champions Leicester.
He has also enjoyed three trial periods at Craven Cottage with Fulham, and is attracting interest as the youngest player to score in Finnish football.
Rangers have sent scouts out to watch the Congo-born youngster for his last two matches.
Ibrox scout and academy coach Alan Boyd was the man tasked with watching Atakayi in Finland and the Daily Record reported him praising the Finn.
“He is a very good prospect and it will be good to see what he can do training with Rangers,” Boyd said. “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.”
In other Rangers news, they have opened talks in a bid to agree their latest deal.