What Rangers have done to beat Celtic to Joe Aribo and hand Steven Gerrard transfer boost | Football | Sport
One player that caught the eye of both Gerrard and Lennon is Charlton midfielder Aribo.
Aribo, 22, helped fire the Addicks to League One play-offs glory at Wembley and is now set to leave the club after being made a key target by both of the Glasgow giants.
In a major blow to the Hoops, the former Staines Town man has edged toward a move to Ibrox after being offered a lucrative deal by Rangers chiefs.
The Daily Mail have claimed that Aribo, who is out of contract next month, has been offered a deal worth £20,000-a-week in order to see off their Old Firm rivals to his signature.
The goal-scoring midfielder notched 10 goals in all competitions last season and is set to be rewarded by being made one of Rangers’ best-paid players earning over £1million a year.
The Gers received a boost in their pursuit of Aribo earlier this month by former Rangers striker Marcus Gayle.
Gayle, who managed Aribo at Staines, revealed that the young midfielder questioned him about his time at Ibrox.
He told the Evening Times: “It is a big decision for him and I have been in communication with him.
“He was asking about my time at Rangers and what it was like.
“I didn’t play too many games there but I loved every minute of it.
“I loved the lifestyle, I loved the goldfish bowl in a city with fans that are committed and passionate and they support you 100 per cent.
“I said it would be a great place to go and develop.
“He has got that opportunity and if he does decide to go up there, he will learn and push on more.”
Gayle also outlined another factor that could tempt his former player to join Rangers over Celtic – their manager.
He added: “The pull of Steven Gerrard would be massive as well and who better for him to learn from as a midfielder?”