By Sam Stone

5th Jul, 2022 | 8:02pm

David Ornstein: Southampton in talks with Rangers over Joe Aribo Ibrox exit

Southampton are in talks with Rangers over a deal for forward Joe Aribo with the Saints confident of getting a deal over the line according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.

Aribo has a £10million release clause in his Rangers contract and Ornstein has reported on Tuesday 5 July that the 25-year-old Nigerian international is “keen” on a move to the Saints.

It has been suggested that Southampton are preparing a four-year deal for Aribo, should he make the move south.

Big loss

This will be a huge loss for Rangers but one that was always expected from the Ibrox faithful.

The 25-year-old has been a great servant for the Gers in recent years and has developed immensely after his move from Charlton.

However, the Nigerian international is at an age where he needs to develop and test himself at the highest level possible before his career is over.

A move to Southampton will be an excellent one for his career with the prospect of testing himself in the Premier League too big to turn down.

For Rangers, it is a smart piece of business to cash in on Aribo as he enters the final year of his contract.

The Gers could ill-afford to lose their prized asset on a free next summer and to recoup £10million for Aribo is excellent business by the club hierarchy.

It is crucial that Giovanni van Bronckhorst reinvests the potential transfer fee smartly into his squad to ensure Rangers challenge Celtic more effectively on the domestic front in the 2022/23 campaign.

It’s a tough one to take for Gers fans, but ultimately this is the right move for all parties.

In other Rangers news, contract talks with a key player have hit a new impasse with a summer exit now on the cards.