By Joe Ellis

28th Jul, 2022 | 8:40pm

Rangers must make bid for Darius Olaru as £5m claim made

Giovanni van Bronckhorst may think his Rangers transfer window is all but finished but he should never turn his attention away from a bargain.

One could’ve about to fall into his lap if Ross Wilson and the Gers get themselves into gear and make a bid for 24-year-old Romanian international Darius Olaru.

Light Blues scouts have previously watched his performances for Steaua Bucharest and were impressed by what they saw from him during the latter stages of last season, as reported by Pro Sport on 13 July.

Rangers have not made any further advances since those scouting missions but the door to a move could be about to swing wide open as Steaua’s owner Gigi Becali has revealed his asking price.

“It is about Olaru also going elsewhere. I had 5million euros, but I did not accept. We asked for 7 million euros, but we left it at 6 million euros [£5million]. I don’t want to talk more, you’ll see,” the 64-year-old said to SPORT in Romania.

For a player who has highly impressed the scouts at Ibrox, you would think that Rangers would have been preparing a bid for the Romanian, especially after the club-record sale of Calvin Bassey to Ajax.

But no such approach has surfaced and that seems like a mistake for a player West Ham were also keen on signing earlier in the transfer window [also Pro Sport, 13 July].

A defensive midfielder like Olaru is perhaps the last position van Bronckhorst could do with strengthening in terms of depth and with such a small transfer fee on his head, there is maybe no better player on offer for the same price.

The jigsaw is nearly complete, time for the final piece.

In other Rangers news, Dundee United manager Jack Ross has played down transfer talks linking an Ibrox fringe player with a move to Tannadice.