Rangers have been linked with a move for Rapid Vienna’s Taxiarchis Fountas with the striker said to be valued in the region of £5million, as reported on Monday afternoon by The Scottish Sun.
However, the paper then retracted the story by claiming that the Ibrox outfit weren’t interested in the 25-year old Greek international who scored 20 goals in 29 games during his debut season in Austrian football.
It’s no coincidence that the story emerged shortly after Alfredo Morelos was rumoured to have been the subject of another bid from Lille with the Ligue 1 outfit increasing their offer to £18.3m, closer to the figure that Rangers are said to be looking to get for the Colombian international.
Will we see another striker signed before the window shuts?
If Morelos was to depart, there would have to be another striker signed, Kemar Roofe has shown signs of obvious quality but his recent injury worries won’t have gone unnoticed – Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe will both contribute over the season but they aren’t front line strikers for differing reasons.
The gaffer wants to add to his squad – as he made perfectly clear recently – and knows that, as yet, it is far from being complete:
“I have been really clear that we need to add – so I think we maybe need to try and accelerate that.
“Going by what I have just seen in the treatment room, there is definitely going to be two, if not three, missing for a couple of weeks.
“We need to add pretty quickly so that our numbers are okay.
“In terms of the squad strength and how happy and content I am, you best ask me that question on October 6.”
If it looks like Morelos is going to stay until January at least, there won’t be anymore forwards coming in with the midfield likely to be the only department that sees reinforcements, however, as long as there is speculation surrounding El Bufalo, names like Fountas will continue to pop up – keep an eye on the rumours that don’t get denied – they could well be the ones making their way up the marble staircase, Daniel Johnson I’m looking at you here.