Date: 2nd July 2018 at 12:02pm
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According to reports in The Daily Record Rangers are in talks with Seria A side Roma over a possible loan deal for their young Nigerian forward, Umar Sadiq.

Rangers’ boss, Steven Gerrard, is keen to add to his attacking options and has identified Sadiq as a target.

The former Liverpool captain said: “We’re a fan of Umar Sadiq. He’d bring us a forward option – height, power, presence. He’s a player that works too hard believe it or not.

He does tons and tons of running. He’s very enthusiastic. He’s the type of player who gives you just as much out of possession as he does in possession which is very important.

We’ve got an interest but at the moment he’s still a Roma player. It’s ongoing. We have to be respectful and see how it progresses but he’s someone we like.”

Sadiq is a player who Roma have been prepared to let out on loan in the past.

The Rome club themselves initially brought in the Nigerian on loan for the 2015/16 season  from Seria B side Spezia. After chipping in with 2 league goals in just 6 appearances Roma were impressed enough to make the deal permanent, signing Sadiq for £2.25 million.

The young Nigerian has since been shipped around gaining experience on loan at Seria A sides Bologna and Torino. But his most productive loan spell was outside of Italy.

Sadiq played for the Dutch side NAC Breda for the second half of last season and notched up 5 goals and 3 assists in his 12 Eredivisie appearances.

The 6 foot 3 striker still has three years to run on his deal with Roma but it is understood that Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is ready to let Sadiq go out on another loan stint.

Sadiq represented Nigeria in the 2016 Olympics and matched Neymar’s tally of four goals in the tournament as Nigeria went on to claim the bronze medal.

If he can find that form again, then Rangers would be getting some player.