A few hours back reports from French outlet L’Equipe had emerged that Rangers had put in a bid of £9m for Amiens striker Moussa Konate. However, latest reports from the Scottish Sun suggests that Steven Gerrard has distanced himself from such transfer claims and he dismissed his club’s interest in Konate.
It is no surprise to see that as £9m was too big a bid from Rangers’ point of view. If Rangers had that kind of sum available, then they might have very well gone on to sign Ryan Kent permanently by now. Therefore Gerrard rubbishing the claims from France regarding the striker shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Rangers are only likely to spend that kind of money if they can strike a good deal for Alfredo Morelos in this window. With just a few days remaining, it seems like the Colombian will stay at Ibrox for now, and that will be a piece of good news for the Gers. With the South American star remaining, there is no way that Rangers will spend big on a new striker.
However, there is a case to be made regarding the Bears getting a third striker. The club allowed Kyle Lafferty to depart this summer and even young striker Zak Rudden has been allowed to leave on loan. Jermain Defoe and Morelos have started the season well, but an injury to any one of those could cause problems to Gerrard. With Morelos, suspension is also going to be an issue even though he has looked calmer this season.
How can Gerrard look to solve third striker’s dilemma?
It remains to be seen now whether Gerrard will go and buy a third striker or not. The manager had earlier claimed that there is a debate ongoing at the club. The English gaffer had said, ”There is also a debate that we may need to get a third striker, even though we have other options who can play there.”
Gerrard did indicate that he can look to solve the problem internally if they don’t sign a third striker. Greg Stewart seems to be an option who can play in a central role even though Gerrard has used him on the flanks so far. A winger like Jordan Jones or Sheyo Ojo might also be tried in false nine role.
Convincing a player who is in top form or at the peak of his career to become third choice striker at a club is always going to be tough. So if Rangers can solve the problem within their squad, then it won’t be a bad thing to miss out on Konate or others.