Southampton open ‘negotiations’ with Rangers over deal to sign £10m-rated playmaker

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Reported Southampton target Joe Aribo celebrates his goal Credit: PA Images
Reported Southampton target Joe Aribo celebrates his goal Credit: PA Images

Premier League club Southampton are ‘in negotations’ to sign Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo, according to David Ornstein.

It was reported last year that Aribo had no intention of renewing his Gers contract with a year now remaining, and it appears that his stance has not changed.

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The 25-year-old joined from Charlton Athletic in 2019 and has gone on to make 148 appearances for the Scottish club.

He was consistently available for club and country last term. Aribo played an unprecedented 69 times in 2021/22 and scored in Rangers’ penalty shootout loss against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final.

Aston Villa have been linked with the Nigeria playmaker, however, Southampton have opened talks over a move for the player, as per The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.

Aribo is thought to be ‘keen’ on a move to St Mary’s and the clubs are currently negotiating a transfer fee.

The former Charlton man has a £10million release clause in his contract and Rangers are not willing to accept an offer below that value.

Southampton are ‘confident’ they can sign Aribo despite ‘one other club’ being in talks with the Teddy Bears.

Aribo wants the situation to be dealt with ‘amicably’ as he has ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ his time in Scotland, though he has made it clear that he sees himself playing in the Premier League.

Former Celtic and Scotland player Simon Donnelly has warned Rangers that they face a major challenge if they have to replace Aribo.

“He’s a player that can make things happen, that can go past an opponent and open things up with his ability,” Donnelly told the Go Radio Football Show. “There’s not many of those around.

“Up until the turn of the year, I thought he was Rangers’ best player last season.

“He tailed off a bit, he wasn’t as potent as he had been before (the African Cup of Nations), and from a Celtic perspective I was quite happy that he came back and dropped off a bit.

“But I think he is a threat. Because he can go past someone, he can score a goal, it’s obvious that teams come looking.

“Has he had his head turned maybe by the English Premier League? Possibly, if he has knocked something back from Rangers.

“He will be a big one to fill, that will be a challenge. He has been a really good player for Rangers and I think they will have their work cut out trying to fill that void.

“Gio will have to look hard to get somebody of that quality to replace him.”

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