Southampton open talks with Rangers over playmaker Joe Aribo as Gers demand £10m for Nigeria international


SOUTHAMPTON are in talks with Rangers about signing midfielder Joe Aribo.

The 25-year-old has rejected a contract offer from Rangers amid interest from a host of Premier League clubs.

Joe Aribo is an English professional footballer who plays in midfielder for Rangers. He has previously played for Charlton Athletic. Rangers sent word of warning over key RB Leipzig danger man as Joe Aribo reveals why belief within squad is high.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men have already dumped out Borussia Dortmund — and Aribo is eyeing another Bundesliga scalp.

He said: “The boys were buzzing when we played Dortmund because it’s such a big club. When we won that, it was like, ‘OK, we can keep going here. The favourites are out, so we can keep pushing’.

“That’s what we’ve done. We can win playing against anyone if we stick to our task.

“Dortmund and Leipzig being in the same league, it shows we can do this.”

The Scottish giants are refusing to accept less than the £10million release clause in the versatile playmaker’s contract.

And the Saints are preparing a four-year deal with the 20-cap Nigerian keen on the south coast switch.

SunSport understands transfer discussions could see an agreement reached within the next 48 hours.

Aribo was due to link up with his team-mates in Portugal on Thursday but is home in London.

Joe Aribo established himself as a fan favourite among Rangers supporters during his spell in Glasgow.

And it is said the ace wants an amicable departure.

He starred under Steven Gerrard and then Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, making 57 appearances in all competitions – scoring nine goals and assisting 10.

Joe Aribo helped end the Gers’ wait for a Scottish Premiership title and then netted in the final of the Europa League last season.

He will be looking forward to proving himself in the Prem after thriving at every level so far.

Aribo joined the Gers from Charlton Athletic in 2019 for just £300,000.

The youngster won promotion with the Addicks in 2019, becoming a key feature in the side.

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