KV Oostende winger Fashion Sakala has handed a huge transfer blow to Rangers ahead of a potential summer move to Ibrox.
The Daily Record had reported that the Zambian international was high on Steven Gerrard’s wishlist on a pre-contract deal this season.
Sakala had fuelled those rumours recently, with contract talks with the Belgian side not going well with his agent reportedly snubbing discussions.
That could have changed, with Sakala now sharing that there could have been a U-turn in these pending contract talks.
“We’re talking about an extension and it’s going well,” he told Sport.
Could this be the beginning of the end?
Gerrard won’t be happy with this latest update, with the exciting winger potentially a real upgrade on the likes of Jordan Jones and Brandon Barker.
The Bears have proven that their work on pre-contract deals in recent years has set them apart from the likes of Celtic – who continue to waste plenty of cash on the wrong players.
Sakala is in fantastic form, too. The 23-year-old has scored 13 goals and added three assists this season, with nine of those goal involvements coming in as many games.
Gerrard usually makes contact early with any players before making a pre-contract move, and it appears as though he could have missed out on this one.
Should Sakala’s form continue this season, this could be one of the first blunders we have seen from Gerrard and the Gers, although it wouldn’t rule it out completely.
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