Rangers are readying a summer swoop to sign Vitesse centre-back Danilho Doekhi, according to Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath.
Writing in his transfer notebook on the Telegraph website on Tuesday, McGrath reported that Newcastle and Norwich are also interested in the 22-year-old.
It is understood that Doekhi will enter the final year of his contract at the end of the season, meaning he “would be a relatively cheap option” for anyone who wants to sign him in the summer.
Freshening up defence
Rangers haven’t conceded many goals this season, especially in the Premiership.
We’ve conceded just 12 times in 35 league games, which is no easy feat and Steven Gerrard’s defence deserves a lot of credit for that.
However, cracks have started to emerge.
We’ve seen some bad goals conceded in recent weeks, with the late goal St Johnstone scored at the weekend arguably being one of the worst of the season.
Jack Simpson has done very little to impress since his arrival in January and Leon Balogun will celebrate his 33rd birthday in June.
Doekhi is young and has played a key role in one of Europe’s best defences this season at Vitesse, who have conceded 28 goals in the Eredivisie. Out of the big leagues in Europe, only Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Sevilla, Man City, Ajax, Lille and PSG have conceded fewer.
Doekhi has made 28 league appearances for Vitesse this season meaning he has played 75 times in the Eredivisie already despite being quite young. He’s also been capped five times by the Netherlands’ Under-21s.
It sounds as though he could be snapped up on the cheap, which suggests this could be a doable deal for the Light Blues.
Unfortunately, Premier League interest is always something that’s tough to stave off in a transfer battle.
Let’s hope he’d rather play Champions League football than endure a relegation battle with Steve Bruce as his manager.
In other Rangers news, this newspaper has printed an apology to Gers fans and taken a swipe at the Scottish champions.