Warburton to raid Rangers for second time and sign attacker by 11pm tonight - report
By Will Butcher
Mark Warburton is set to sign a second Rangers player this summer by luring Joe Dodoo to Nottingham Forest, according to a report.
GhanaSoccerNet revealed in an exclusive that the 22-year-old attacker will join Warburton’s Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan before Thursday’s 11pm deadline.
It is said that the former Leicester City striker has become disillusioned under new manager Pedro Caixinha with the lack of game time being afforded to him.
Warburton signed Dodoo from 2015-16 Premier League champions last summer when in charge of the 54-time Scottish champions, putting pen to paper on a four-year deal.
However, Dodoo has failed to feature in any of Rangers’ seven league and cup outings this season, after plummeting down the pecking order following a busy summer at Ibrox.
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Caixinha has brought in strikers Alfredo Morelos and Eduardo Herrera, while new signings Dalcio, Daniel Candeias and Aaron Nemane have prevented Dodoo from featuring out wide.
Dodoo is the second Rangers player to join Forest this summer, after Warburton lured Gers academy product Barrie McKay to the City Ground earlier this summer.
Now, he will become Forest’s ninth summer signing, after Warburton has brought in the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Daryl Murphy and Kieran Dowell.
Football Insider verdict
Dodoo has no chance of first-team football at Ibrox this season and that has been shown in his inability to feature this season under Portuguese boss Caixinha. However, he did she show glimpses of talent in the top tier of Scottish football last season with five goals in 20 league appearances including an impressive solo effort against Aberdeen. The Gers could come to rue the loss of Dodoo, with Dalcio, Candeias and Herrera showing little improvement on the one-time England Under-18 international. But from Dodoo’s perspective, a move was crucial to his development.
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