By Doug Ward

15th Jul, 2022 | 8:40am

Rangers scouts blown away by Darius Olaru as Ibrox officials make final decision on Romania attacker

Rangers officials have decided to pursue a deal for FCSB midfielder Darius Olaru after he blew scouts away with his performances last season, according to ProSport.

The Romanian news outlet claims on their website that West Ham and Torino have also shown an interest in the 24-year-old central midfielder, who’s been made available for at least £8.4million by FCSB owner Gigi Becali.

It is understood, however, that price could rise after FCSB’s upcoming Europa Conference League qualifiers.

ProSport claims that Olaru could join Romania teammate Ianis Hagi at Ibrox if he does make the move to Scotland after Ibrox scouts were left impressed by the midfielder’s impressive displays in the Romanian Liga 1 title play-offs.

FCSB finished second to CFR Cluj in the Romanian top-flight.

New pal for Hagi

Rangers need to find a replacement for Joe Aribo after he was sold to Southampton and Olaru looks as though he could be that player.

Last season, while playing for FCSB, he made 37 appearances in all competitions, scored six goals and supplied 12 assists.

He mainly played as a central midfielder for the Bucharest outfit but is also capable of playing in an attacking midfield role behind a striker or as a right-winger.

Sound familiar?

Olaru is 24 years old and a Romania international so there’s a chance he’ll be someone with good resale value in the future.

However, that £8.4million valuation by FCSB’s owner seems steep for a player who’s only had a couple of seasons at a top club in Romania after joining from Gaz Metan in January 2020.

Olaru is also inexperienced in European football, playing just once in the Europa League when he scored against Shirak Gyumri of Armenia in August 2020.

He’ll play in the Conference League later this month but aside from his impressive domestic performances, there’s not a lot to shout home about Olaru.

He has, however, wowed Ross Wilson’s scouts and that does count for something.

Let’s see how this one progresses because Hagi could have a new Romanian pal to keep him company in Govan if a deal goes through.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues have tabled an offer for a new central midfielder after a Celtic mix-up was clarified.