Nothing fuels the flames of speculation more than a player handing in a transfer request and Siriki Dembele of Peterborough United has done just that with the Rangers-linked star demanding a move, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 24-year old has reportedly been watched twice by the Light Blues in recent weeks and has scored six goals in 20 appearances, the London born forward is capable of playing anywhere across the forward line and also has five assists to his name.
He has, as claimed by Barry Fry, the Peterborough director of football, been watched by the Scotland national team selectors as well as being eligible for the Ivory Coast and the country of his birth, who initially revealed our interest:
“Rangers have watched Siriki twice, as have the Scottish national side.
“We have him for another 18 months and we’d rather he stayed until the summer when we can reassess his situation.”
Again, in a similar story to when Ivan Toney was attracting attention, they are making it clear that he will not be allowed to leave on the cheap, however, he has just 18-months left on his current deal putting any potential suitors in a strong negotiating position, having the player hand in a transfer request won’t help their cause in trying to secure a big fee either.
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Dembele – valued at around £5million – was on the books of both Dundee and Ayr United as a youngster before heading south to the Nike Academy and Grimsby Town, he has been at League 1 Peterborough since 2018 where he has contributed just under a goal or assist every two games, the sort of numbers that he would be expected to match under Steven Gerrard – if he gets the chance.