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Rangers midfielder Aribo in Southampton links

Last Updated on by James King

It appears that Southampton are one of a host of clubs understood to be interested in Rangers star man, Joe Aribo, with the Saints having reportedly scouted the Nigerian international recently.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have had a patchy season so far and are languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, however, they will be hopeful that a couple of astute recruits for the right place could help them to improve on this, during the latter half of the season.

Aribo is one who appears to fit the bill, however, the south coast club will face competition from a number of competitors, including newly-promoted Brentford and Aston Villa, whose new boss Steven Gerrard managed Aribo while at Rangers.

Rangers midfielder Aribo in Southampton links

 

Aribo the real deal

Plying his trade in central midfielder, Aribo is someone, who it looks like could come straight in and make a difference. His combative style is ideal for the English top-flight, while he also has an eye for a goal.

Last season, the 25-year-old hit the back of the net on six occasions in 25 league games as well as once in nine Europa League games, while he registered four assists. This term, he appears to be faring even better, with six goals and four assists in 20 league appearances.

While the Saints currently have James Ward-Prowse, who has shown his mettle for scoring from central midfielder, adding Aribo could certainly give the side another edge. His experience in the Europa League can also be invaluable.

There could though, be a problem regarding the fee, with Rangers especially reluctant to sell in January, despite the player only having 18 months left on his contract.

 

Any other January business on the cards?

Further reports have also linked the club with a move for 17-year-old sensation Mohamed-Ali Cho, who currently plays for French side Angers.

The striker, who can also operate on either flank, is valued at £20 million and has previously been on the books at Chelsea, however, there is stiff competition for the “wonderkid’s” signature.

Cho, though, would be someone more for the long-term and while he is certainly a raw talent, he has only registered two goals in 18 Ligue 1 games for his club this season.