Rangers blow as revelation about reported target makes deal less likely
By Matt Bullin
Rangers reported transfer target Rashid Sumaila is under contract at his club for another three years.
The Daily Record states that despite initial reports saying Sumaila could be available on a free, it has now surfaced that he is tied to Qadsia SC for three more years, meaning a hefty transfer fee would be needed to prise him away from the club.
The Ghana centre-back played under Pedro Caixinha on loan at the manager’s former club in Qatar, Al-Gharafa.
Sumaila’s Kuwaiti club stated, as quoted by the Daily Record:”Prior to Rashid Sumalia joining Al-Gharafa on loan, he extended his contract until the year 2020.
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“So far we have had no request from Al-Gharafa to take him back on loan again.We allowed the player to go on loan to Qatar to help with his development and he is an important player for us in our future plans.”
Sumaila has made 21 appearances for Al-Gharafa in the Stars League this term, scoring three goals.
He has also been capped by Ghana on six occasions.
Football Insider verdict
This contract news is a huge blow to Rangers’ chances of signing the Ghanaian international. If he is under contract and the club’s statement is to be believed then it seems very unlikely that they will be able to sign him – certainly not at a price they could afford. Caixinha has previously worked with Sumaila, so he is clearly a trusted player and a quality one at that. The Portuguese boss will now have to look elsewhere as he looks for a replacement for Clint Hill, who is set to be released.
In other Rangers transfer news, Ally McCoist has hinted that the club will strengthen in this area this summer.