Turkish giants Besiktas are planning a summer swoop for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, according to reports in Turkey, after the Colombian striker hit the net 18 times in his debut season in Scotland.

According to Yeni Akit, a Turkish newspaper, Besiktas manager Senol Gunes has identified the Rangers star as a possible target as his side struggle in the race for the Turkish title, sitting fourth in the table.

Morelos only joined the Gers last summer from HJK Helsinki in a £1million move, with the Gers rejecting huge bids from Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe in the January transfer window.

Football Insider verdict:

If the price is right for Morelos then the Gers should cash in and use the funds to improve Steven Gerrard’s squad ahead of the new season. Nobody at Ibrox is indispensable and if Beskitas are prepared to offer a sizeable fee then it would be foolish to ignore it. Morelos can still get much better but Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen need to weigh up their options and decide whether keeping Morelos long-term is the right thing for them to do. With a massive overhaul of the playing squad expected to take place over the summer, seeing the Colombian move on wouldn’t be a huge shock. After finishing the season as the Gers joint-top goalscorer, Morelos would be difficult to replace but if bids similar to those received in January are made then it will be much easier to replace the 21-year-old striker ahead of Gerrard’s first season in the Ibrox hotseat.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.

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