By Joe Ellis

29th Jun, 2022 | 6:20am

Rangers submit increased bid to sign Antonio Colak but it remains below asking price

Rangers have submitted a second, and crucially increased, bid to sign PAOK striker Antonio Colak this summer, according to The Sun.

The Light Blues attempted earlier in the summer transfer window to sign the 28-year-old but the Greek Super League side instantly rejected their approach at the time [Sport Time journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos].

The £2million bid that has been submitted from Ibrox to Thessaloniki (the city PAOK play in) is still below their asking price of £2.5million which is how much they spent on the Croatian from Rijeka in 2020.

There is, however, a number of add-ons in the deal which should see the Gers reach that £2.5million price tag that PAOK say they will not accept anything less than for Colak [Georgios Sideridis].

The Sun reported on Tuesday 28 June that the Croatian, who scored twice against Steven Gerrard’s Bears to help Malmo advance in the Champions League at the start of last season, is keen on a move to Glasgow having sampled the Ibrox atmosphere.

Matter of time

We’ve been linked with a fair few strikers already this summer but this particular transfer rumour is going nowhere which tends to suggest there are some legs to it.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been clear from the start that a new striker is massively needed among the Rangers squad after we ended last season with Joe Aribo doing a job as a square peg in a round hole in the false nine position.

Alfredo Morelos’ future at the club remains doubtful but his exit still seems some way off yet which should at least buy us some time to get a good deal done for Colak.

With this new offer which would eventually meet PAOK’s price tag if he comes in and performs well, we perhaps should expect the Greeks to accept the cash and that will hopefully fast forward the contract negotiations.

It might not be this week but by the time we take to the field at the end of July for our first competitive game, Colak should be in blue.

In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit thinks Aribo should make the move to his area of the British Isles if he decides to leave Ibrox this summer.