Rangers set sights on Okumu as two senior centre-backs may leave

By Wayne Veysey

27th Mar, 2021 | 7:45am

Sources: Rangers make approach for Okumu as two senior stars may leave

Rangers have set their sights on Elfsborg defender Joseph Okumu as they are prepared for the possibility of two senior centre-backs departing.

The Scottish giants are in the market for a new central defender in the summer amid doubts over the futures of Filip Helander and George Edmundson.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Okumu, 23, is on the target list of the Glasgow giants and preliminary enquiries have been made.

Okumu has already been the subject of a £2million bid and there is set to be a scramble for his signature this summer.

The Kenya international is a right footer who plays for Elfsborg in the left-sided centre-back role, the same as Helander.

Rangers‘ interest comes as the club’s recruitment team and manager Steven Gerrard prepare for Helander bids.

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He has been linked in his native Sweden with Premier League clubs Leicester City and Aston Villa.

Helander, 27, has been a mainstay of the Rangers team in the last two seasons since his summer-of-2019 move from Bologna.

He could push for a move if Premier League clubs step up their interest, while Rangers have internal doubts over Edmundson.

He had been fourth in the defender pecking order before his January loan move to Derby County.

Rangers pushed through the deadline-day capture of Jack Simpson to replace Edmundson and to complement main man Connor Goldson, Helander and Leon Balogun.

Balogun is out of contract at the end of the season but is expected to sign a one-year contract extension.

Nikola Katic will also come back into contention when he completes his recover from a knee injury that has sidelined him all season.

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