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13th Dec, 2016 | 5:06pm

Rangers given emphatic response after making approach for 26-year-old goal machine - report

By Harvey Byrne

Rangers have been told Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi is not for sale, according to a report.

American publication Metro US has claimed that the Gers enquired about a price for the 26-year-old forward.

But it is said that the MLS outfit are refusing to enter into negotiations for their star attacker and told Rangers they will not allow him to quit.

Adi made the move to Portland from Danish giants Copenhagen in 2014 after a successful loan spell at the club.

The Nigerian has played in 107 fixtures in total in America, scoring 47 goals, while also providing eight.

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He bagged 16 of his goals in the recent campaign, where he played 33 times in the MLS.

Rangers are in need of a striker with Martyn Waghorn topping the charts with just eight goals in all competitions and Mark Warburton could now be drafting up targets for the winter window.

The Scottish giants are sat in second place in the Premiership, but they have the worst goals for tally out of the top five teams with 23 goals from their 17 fixtures.

They will be looking to compete with Celtic once again in the not too distant future after suffering administration in 2012.

However, eight points currently separates the two fierce rivals in the league with Celtic playing three games less and Warburton will need more quality in his side.

Football Insider verdict:

Rangers are in desperate need of a new forward and it will be more beneficial to get one in, in January rather than the summer. Adi is relatively unknown outside of the MLS and he could prove to be a flop, but his goal return is a lot better than those currently at the Gers. It is unlikely that Warburton is going to break the bank for a player currently not for sale, but a generous offer to the Portland Timbers could force them to budge on their current stance. It is crucial that the Scottish giants sign a new attacker in the winter and if they can’t obtain Adi then they must look elsewhere.

In other Rangers transfer news, here are three players that could leave the club in January.