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Bundesliga New Boys Set Sights On Rangers Attacker: Why Gerrard Must Keep Hold Of Him

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If a report from the Romanian outlet Playtech is believed to be true, Rangers attacker Ianis Hagi is being targeted by VfL Bochum over a potential summer move. The newly-promoted Bundesliga side are likely to undergo a busy window and the young Romanian has now emerged as one of their prime transfer targets before the new season kicks off.

Ianis, son of legendary Gheorghe Hagi, was roped in on permanent terms following an impressive loan stint at Ibrox. Genk accepted a bid of around £3m ( which would be split over three years) for the 22-year-old and the attacking ace went on to feature 45 times altogether.

Although the youngster was often deployed as a substitute, 8 goals and 15 assists across competitions exhibit his sharpness high up the pitch. Steven Gerrard utilized him from the right-hand flank, however, his ability to feature as a ‘number 10′ offers the much-needed flexibility in and around the opponents’ box.

Why Rangers Must Retain His Servies

Despite having ample attacking options in their ranks, Rangers would struggle to keep hold of Alfredo Morelos amid interest from European hotshots. His egress should see Kemar Roofe grabbing the ‘number 9’ role ahead of Fashion Sakala. The Zambian is set to join as a free agent after penning a pre-contract earlier this year and might take a while before settling down and attuning to the aggression of Scottish football.

Rangers attacker Ianis Hagi celebrating with Filip Helander
Slavia Prague v Rangers – UEFA Europa League – Round of Sixteen – First Leg – Eden Arena Rangers Filip Helander centre celebrates with Ianis Hagi left and Alfredo Morelos after scoring their side s first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League Round of Sixteen match at the Eden Arena, Prague. Picture date: Thursday March 11, 2021. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xEduardxErbenx 58549844

Jermain Defoe has been handed an extension but it is likely the 38-year-old Englishman would have to settle for a bit-part status. This would increase Hagi’s significance from the next term onwards and the gaffer, therefore, must keep hold of the Romania international prior to the crucial Champions League qualifiers.

Bochum, meanwhile, are not alone in the hunt as the likes of Galatasaray and Lazio are keeping close tabs on his situation in Govan. But the player seems to have flourished under Gerrard’s tutelage and his flair across the frontline has already earned him a cult status among the Ibrox faithful.

Having said that, Rangers have a decision to make over the future of Ianis Hagi who is willing to represent his nation in the upcoming Olympics going against the club’s stance (if we are to believe The Daily Record). The qualifier fixtures for the Champions League will be clashing with this prestigious world event and it is to be seen now whether the Bears cash in on the former Viitorul Constanța prospect.

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