Sam Lammers transfer latest as Utrecht deliver vow despite Rangers salary being out of reach

Utrecht have vowed to do all they can to sign Sam Lammers despite his Rangers salary being out of their budget.

The forward continued his sizzling form on loan in the Eredivisie with a goal in the draw with AZ Alkmaar. That took him to 10 in 18 league games, with three assists on top of that, and he has nine strikes in his last 10 amid a sensational end to the season personally. It also helped Utrecht manage a respectable seventh-place finish in the league.

It's a far cry from the first part of his 2023/24 season when he was the subject of the ire of Gers fans. The Dutchman was a flop after being signed from Atalanta by Michael Beale for £3.5million. He scored just once in light blue and underwhelmed in the majority of his performances.

That means Philippe Clement is likely to be happy to allow him to cut ties permanently and his loan club are keen to make something happen. But some compromise might be required on the financial side.

Utrecht sports director Jordy Zuidam said: "It's clear Sam is above our salary cap. But we reached an agreement with Rangers that was acceptable to us.

"Now we have to find a way with Sam and his club to keep him. We are fully committed to signing Sam permanently.

"He is a very important member of our team. We did everything we could to bring him here on loan and we will do everything possible to bring him here on a permanent deal.

"We have spoken to him several times and he is really a boy who is obsessed with football. He has said that he wants to finish the season, but is definitely considering it. We will look for all possibilities to keep him. I hope that is enough."