By Joe Ellis

25th Jun, 2022 | 9:30am

Rangers' Antonio Colak pursuit could be hijacked by Fenerbahce swap deal

Turkish club Fenerbahce could attempt to hijack Rangers’ summer transfer pursuit of PAOK striker Antonio Colak, according to Yeni Asir.

The Light Blues still have first dibs on the Croatian and Chris Jack, a journalist for The National, believes that a deal could be struck between the two clubs relatively soon.

But the Turkish giants want to reignite their interest in the 28-year-old after a failed transfer attempt last summer and this time they have an added component to the deal.

PAOK are keen to bring Greece international midfielder Dimitrios Pelkas back to the club but Fenerbahce currently have the 28-year-old under contract.

The Turks, therefore, are prepared to use the Greek as a paperweight in a deal to sign Colak which would hijack Rangers’ attempts at the 11th hour.

Yeni Asir reported Colak’s transfer value at £2.5million but Fenerbahce would not have to pay that amount if they can strike a deal for Pelkas to move in the opposite direction.

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Back foot

There’s no question that with PAOK keen to sign Pelkas and him similarly eager to return to his homeland that we are truly on the back foot in this race.

We don’t have a similar player to offer to the Greeks that we no longer need so if we are going to make this move happen, we need to pay up all the cash they are asking for.

It’s going to be a tough task to get this deal done as a result with all parties in the Pelkas deal seeming to be extremely keen which might rule us out no matter what we offer.

If that is going to be the case, then we need to focus our attention on other options in the striker area because there is no end of talented goalscorers on the market for decent prices.

Let’s not forget too that we still have Alfredo Morelos, for now, so the need to replace him will only come around when he leaves Ibrox, whenever that may be.

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