Joe Aribo ‘rejects new deal’ at Rangers as Premier League transfer interest rises


JOE ARIBO has reportedly rejected a contract offer from Rangers amid interest from a host of Premier League clubs.

The talented midfielder, who scored in the Europa League final against Frankfurt, is in the final year of his current contract with Ibrox and could end up leaving for free.


Joe Aribo celebrates after scoring in the Europa League final1 credit

We have revealed how Nottingham Forest made Aribo a top target ahead of his return to the English top flight for the first time since 1999.

Crystal Palace and Fulham have also been cited with interest while in recent days Southampton have joined the queue.

According talkSPORTthe Nigerian international has refused to sign a new contract offered by Gers bosses.

Aribo, 25, played more games and minutes than anyone else in the WORLD last season as he racked up the miles for club and country.

He was an integral part of Rangers’ season at home and in Europe, as Gers won the Scottish Cup and reached the Europa League final.

Aribo was also a regular for Nigeria in their Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifying matches.

In all competitions for the Light Blues, he played 57 games, scored nine goals and assisted another ten for his teammates.

He was even deployed as a makeshift striker when Giovanni van Bronkchorst was left without a recognized number nine towards the end of the season.

Aribo signed from Charlton in 2019 and has been one of the best players in the Scottish Premiership since his arrival.

Meanwhile, Rangers could be forced to wait 48 HOURS before the end of the transfer window to sign Antoinio Colak.

The Light Blues have tabled an offer of £2m plus bonuses for the 28-year-old striker.

Gers face competition from four other European clubs but would be the Croatian international’s preferred choice.

However, PAOK want a surefire replacement in place before parting ways with them, with their Europa Conference League qualifying campaign on the horizon.

Colak spent last season on loan at Swedish side Malmo where he scored 14 goals in 28 league appearances. He also scored a brace against Rangers in the Champions League qualifiers on the verge of knocking them out of the competition.

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