By Doug Ward

11th Jul, 2023 | 6:20pm

Rangers look set to miss out on a deal for BK Hacken forward Benie Traore with the Ivory Coast sensation heading for the Premier League.

The Sun journalist Alan Nixon reported on Patreon on Tuesday (11 July) that Sheffield United are set to sign the 20-year-old striker in a deal worth £4million.

It is understood that the Blades are now agreeing on a payment plan with Swedish club Hacken, where Traore has been playing since February 2021.

Nixon added that Traore is signing a three-year deal with Sheffield United despite receiving offers from Scotland.

On 25 June, Nixon claimed that Rangers had a £2.8million bid rejected for the Ivory Coast international while Celtic were also said to be keen on a deal.

Belgian and French clubs were also keen on signing the Swedish Allsvenskan goal machine, who in the 2023 season has so far scored an incredible 12 times in 14 appearances.

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Traore was left out of the squad that beat AIK at the weekend despite his incredible goalscoring run.

There’s no doubt that he’ll have missed that game due to his imminent move to Bramall Lane.

It’s a shame that Michael Beale won’t be able to sign Traore because it seems obvious that he’s a talented young player who’s starring way below his level in Sweden.

Maybe it’s a market that Rangers need to tap into more because we’ve seen how Celtic have improved with Ange Postecoglou focusing on the East Asian and Australian markets.

The Light Blues, meanwhile, have shopped too much in the English lower leagues in recent years, leading to an overall decline in the quality of the squad.

Cryriel Dessers and Sam Lammers have signed, showing that there is some creativity within the walls of Ibrox’s recruitment department – but we need to see more of it.

Scandinavian football could be a hotbed of emerging talent that’s waiting to be exploited by a team like Rangers.

In other Rangers news, a fresh Saturday twist has emerged on the pursuit of a new striker transfer at Ibrox.