Rangers interested in shaking hands with Nigerian-eligible prospect

Rangers are interested in making Nigerian born teenager Caleb Chukwuemeka their latest striker signing as his contract prepares to run down at Northampton Town.

Chukwuemeka, 19, came through the youth ranks with the Cobblers and made his debut for the club last season as Northampton were relegated from League One.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gers are eyeing up a cut-price deal for the young striker who has yet to sign a professional contract with the now League Two side.

The forward’s current youth contract is set to expire in January with Rangers only being required to pay a £60k development fee due to a transfer loophole in cross border compensation rules.

Rangers also face some competition for the youngster’s signature with Norwich City, Club Brugge and Aston Villa also linked in the Daily Mail report.

Interestingly, Caleb is the older brother of talented Aston Villa kid Carney, who made his Villa debut at the end of last season aged just 17-years-old.

Rangers have regularly taken advantage of cross-border compensation rules to sign young English talent at knock-down prices.

The rules are designed to protect the financial interests of smaller clubs in England but Rangers need not adhere to the same principles playing north of the border.

Most prominently the Gers infuriated Lee Bowyer by signing a deal with now Nigerian international Joe Aribo back in 2019.

Bournemouth midfielder Nmandi Ofoborh, 21, has also signed a pre-contract move with Rangers with the Gers not working under the same rules as English transfer ivals.

Another ex-Ibrox player who the Gers signed using the system even before Steven Gerrard’s appointment is now reportedly being valued at £5m after he returned down south.

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