By Doug Ward

7th Jul, 2022 | 8:10am

Rangers news: Joe Aribo verbally agrees five-year Southampton contract amid £10m development

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has verbally agreed a five-year contract with Southampton, according to The Mirror.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on Thursday (7 July, page 56) that the Saints are close to signing the 25-year-old Nigeria international in a deal worth a total of over £10million.

It is understood that Aribo had a release clause in his deal at Ibrox which has been triggered by Southampton, who’ll make up the fee in add-ons.

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Aribo came into his own last season at Ibrox.

Admittedly, it took a while for us to see the best the former Charlton midfielder had to offer but he was sensational last term and easily one of the best players at Ibrox.

He flourished under Giovanni van Bronckhorst after he replaced Steven Gerrard as the manager and played what ended up being a world-record 70 times in all competitions for Rangers and Nigeria.

Aribo helped us win the Scottish Cup and even scored in the Europa League final before the penalty shoot-out defeat to Frankfurt.

It was a stunning campaign by the Nigerian and Southampton are signing themselves a top player who’ll no doubt do well in the Premier League at St Mary’s.

Now, it’s down to Rangers to start investing that money back into the squad.

We’re yet to see any kind of significant move come to fruition at Ibrox.

PAOK striker Antonio Colak is reportedly on his way to Glasgow but the 28-year-old journeyman doesn’t exactly inspire us.

Rangers have extended contracts for older players who they probably should have moved on and are yet to sort out new deals for Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent, meaning they could be off too.

It’ll be a nervous few weeks at Ibrox, that’s for sure.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are readying a six-figure move to sign a midfield talent who’s been watched over by Bayern Munich.