By Doug Ward

8th Jul, 2022 | 10:10am

Rangers to use Joe Aribo money to sign Tom Lawrence with £10m transfer close

Rangers are using some of the funds gained by selling Joe Aribo to seal the signing of free agent Tom Lawrence, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on Friday (8 July, back page and page 77) that Aribo, 25, is on the verge of joining Southampton in a deal that is worth up to £10million.

It is understood that Wales international Lawrence, 28, has been made Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s new “top target” after Antonio Colak’s arrival was completed on Thursday (7 July) and some of the money from Aribo’s sale will be used to sign the former Derby captain.

Not cheap

Although Lawrence is a free agent, we doubt that signing him will be cheap.

Usually, when players are unattached to clubs, they know they can demand a lot more money in wages and also command quite a significant signing-on fee.

Aribo’s move to Southampton should see the Gers pocket an initial fee of £6million before future add-ons take it to £10million.

It seems a good chunk of that £6million has been spent on the £1.8million deal for Colak and more is set to be spent on luring Lawrence to Govan.

We’re happy with the signing of Lawrence.

Ryan Kent is in the final year of his contract at Ibrox and Lawrence seems like a solid replacement for him on the left-wing.

However, if Kent stays, Lawrence is capable of playing inside, behind a striker or in the centre-forward role himself.

We’ve needed a replacement left-winger for a long time as one of the things that could have caused Kent’s inconsistency at Ibrox is the fact that he doesn’t get too many breaks.

But if Kent goes and Lawrence comes in, we’d like to see another left-winger signed to ease the burden on the new man.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are lining up a move to sign a midfield sensation who’s also been watched by Bayern Munich.