By Saikat Mandal

25th Jun, 2022 | 11:10am

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper given green light to move for Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has been given the “green light” by the owner of the club to pursue a deal for Rangers midfielder, Joe Aribo.

According to a report from The Scottish Sun (24 June), Nottingham Forest’s billionaire owner Evangelos Marinakis is determined to keep the club in the Premier League and wants his manager to sign Taiwo Awoniyi’s national teammate Aribo.

The newly-promoted Premier League outfit could face strong competition from the likes of Crystal Palace, Fulham and Aston Villa.

Likely to leave

The Nigerian midfielder could leave the club this summer.

The 25-year-old scored in the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt last season and played 70 games in all competitions for club and country.

He maintained a high level of consistency throughout the season, and the Bears should look to demand a high transfer fee for him.

Aribo has just a year left on his contract, and Rangers probably will feel that they have a good chance here of getting a huge profit out of his sale.

While Steven Gerrard could be a big attraction for Aribo to reunite with his former boss at Villa, Forest are actually leading the race for his signature.

Chances are high that they could come up with a solid offer in the coming days, and the decision will then rest on the player and the club.

Aribo meanwhile has stated, as quoted by The Daily Record, that he is only focused on playing for Rangers next season. Fingers crossed.

In other Rangers news, our ongoing row with the SPFL could go “nuclear” as an immediate meeting is called to resolve this dispute.