By George Overhill

8th Jul, 2022 | 4:40pm

Rangers to complete second Friday transfer in Joe Aribo sale to Southampton - Fabrizio Romano

The expected sale of Joe Aribo from Rangers to Southampton is to be completed within hours, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Nigerian is due to move to the English Premier League for an initial £6million and is currently undergoing medical tests with the Saints.

After the Gers confirmed the signing of ex-Derby County captain Tom Lawrence on a free transfer, the reliable transfer journalist, who also writes from The Guardian, confirmed the sale will be the second deal wrapped up on Friday (8 July).

The Italian wrote on his personal Twitter account: “Medical tests ongoing for Joe Aribo ahead of his move to Southampton, all set to be completed and signed today afternoon.

“Done deal for £6m plus add-ons to £10m package to Rangers. Here we go confirmed.”

With Lawrence nominally the replacement for the departing 25-year-old this will see the one-in-one-out manoeuvre sewn up within the space of a couple of hours, with the Ibrox bank balance receiving a boost as a result.

Profit

Giovanni van Bronckhorst didn’t want to see any of his stars leave the club this summer but it was always going to be difficult to hold onto all of them.

Considering the hefty growth in from the £300,000 paid to Charlton for his arrival in 2019 after three seasons of solid service this is ultimately a good deal all round.

Without a release clause in his contract then perhaps they could have got a bit more, but with the incoming man a free transfer it is a net gain.

Aribo leaves with his final contribution being a strike in the Europa League final that ultimately wasn’t enough to lift the trophy following a memorable run.

Across 148 appearances for the Light Blues, with 26 goals and 25 assists, he has grown into an established international and a SPFL standout.

He was a key part of the return to the top of Scottish football with the 55th title win, and ending the cup drought in the season just gone, so his part in the club’s history was a fruitful one.

In other Rangers news, ex-Ibrox hero suggests star could be sold this summer to avoid him walking for free next year.