Rangers were willing to pay £5million to secure the services of Bright Osayi-Samuel before the winger moved to Fenerbahce, according to Fotospor.
The 23-year-old was believed to be in high demand in January with his QPR contract set to expire in the summer, making him an attractive proposition to clubs looking to lure him as a free agent.
But it was Turkish giants Fenerbahce who won the hunt for his signature and he moved midway through the season for a £457,000 fee [Transfermarkt].
The report says their director of football Emre Belozoglu ‘grabbed Osayi-Samuel with both hands’ from the Scottish rivals.
Were we really prepared to pay more than ten times what Fenerbahce paid for Osayi-Samuel?
Surely our sporting director Ross Wilson would be spluttering his coffee at the notion of that figure.
Given his contract was entering its final months it seems like a crazy number to spend and given our penchant for signing players on the cheap we’re not sure how realistic that figure is.
Per Transfermarkt our most expensive signing last summer was Kemar Roofe for £4.5million while the likes of Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey came in on free transfers.
Perhaps that is why we missed out on him.
We were surely eyeing him for the summer but he was obviously keen to secure a quick exit with QPR looking like relegation fodder, though they have picked up since his departure.
Osayi-Samuel certainly looked like an exciting player in the Championship with some eye-catching displays showcasing his pace and ability to beat defenders with ease.
But we ended up signing Scott Wright and he has already shown promise with some impressive cameos from the bench and was always more likely to make a more instant impact given his familiarity with the Scottish Premiership.
He also cost nowhere near £5million and we think he will prove to be better value for money than Osayi-Samuel.
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