Rangers are undoubtedly on the lookout for a new striker – and that could well see them land Kyle Lafferty before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Ibrox club have already had a bid for the Northern Irish striker knocked back and Craig Levein has since confirmed that the two clubs continue to discuss a potential move for him.
But so far no deal has been done – leaving Steven Gerrard with just 10 days to sign the striker he wants.
With plenty of progress still to be made on the deal to bring Lafferty back to Ibrox, here we look at five alternatives that could appeal to the Rangers boss:
Solanke will continue to be linked with a move away from Anfield as long as he continues to miss out on Liverpool squads and the transfer window for European teams remains open. The powerful striker hasn’t made a matchday squad under Jurgen Klopp in the first two games of their season and that looks unlikely to change with the quality attacking options in front of him. Gerrard knows all about him and another loan from Liverpool to Rangers makes sense for all involved.
If Rangers want to go into the market, going for the Greek Super League’s top scorer last season could appeal. The Serbian hit the net 27 times in all competitions for PAOK last term, leading his side to the Champions League qualifiers this season. He’s actually hit the net in those qualifiers already, scoring against both Basel and Spartak Moscow. Now he’ll hope to do the same against Benfica in the playoff stage. But if PAOK don’t make it through, could he be tempted away from Greece? That might be a tough one for Rangers to do, but the 28-year-old striker will no doubt be looking to make the most of this purple patch in front of goal and a move to Scotland could be easier route to the English Premier League if he has his sights set on that.
Boyce is known to Scottish football fans after his three-season stay at Ross County. In his time in the Highlands, he hit 55 goals in 105 appearances – helping the Staggies stay in the Scottish Premiership before going on to sign for Burton Albion in a club record-breaking deal last year. Since then, Burton have been relegated to League One and you’d imagine Boyce would be keen to step back up a level at a bigger club. Rangers would certainly be a step up, with Boyce the kind of player who could be very influential as a backup to Alfredo Morelos. He’d be cheap too, with a price of £1million plus likely enough to get Burton selling.
There weren’t many better strikers in the Croatian league last season, with Heber hitting 17 goals in all competitions throughout the 2017/18 campaign. The 27-year-old Brazilian hitman has plenty to his game, blending power and pace with a clinical eye for goal. He’s actually a little like Morelos in that regard, but would offer more quality in the build-up than the Colombian currently does. Rangers could definitely get him on the cheap given he only signed for Rijeka in a €450,000 deal.
Welbeck is still a name that should interest Gerrard due to his potential availability at Arsenal. The former England international hasn’t kicked a ball under Unai Emery this season and that is unlikely to change with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him in the pecking order. So maybe a loan would appeal? And there aren’t many better options out there at the moment than Rangers under Gerrard. He’s affordable for the Ibrox club and everything points towards this making sense for all involved.
Rangers fans – who would you like to see signed?