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INS AND OUTS AT IBROX?

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RANGERS have agreed a four-year pre-contract deal with KV Oostende striker Fashion Sakala.

And Steven Gerrard is also talking to veteran hitman Jermain Defoe about his options with his deal coming to a close.

The Ibrox boss is already preparing for the new season after celebrating the club’s first title triumph in a decade.

Sakala, 24, has scored 13 goals in the Belgian top flight this season and follows Kemar Roofe and Ianis Hagi in moving to Glasgow from the Jupiler Pro League.

The Zambian forward told Rangers’ official website: “I am very much excited to start this exciting journey with Rangers. It has been one of my dreams and I feel like this is a dream come true to join Rangers – one of the greatest clubs in the world.

“They have a great fanbase and a great history and I believe we will share great memories together.

“As a player, you always strive to play for others – that is the most important strength which keeps me going. I know that Rangers have great players and I am looking forward to learning from them and deliver.

“In my role as a striker, I know what the club needs from me and what the fans expect. The club has great players and I just want to learn from them and try to bring something that helps the team get the results.”

UP IN THE AIR…Jermain Defoe is weighing up his future.

Gerrard added: “Fashion is a player who we have been aware of for some time. He fits our profile and has the attributes to not only thrive in Scotland, but on the European stage as well.

“We are excited to see him fulfil his potential under the coaching staff at Auchenowie. We look forward to welcoming him at the beginning of pre-season.”

Meanwhile, Defoe, who will be out of contract in the summer, has been linked with a return to Sunderland.

Gerrard added: “We’re in talks with Jermain. We want to be really respectful, we want to give him the time to make his own decisions”

The 38-year-old former England forward proved he can still play a part for Gerrard’s team as he rounded off Sunday’s 4-1 win against Celtic with a goal in injury time. His first derby strike was Defoe’s sixth goal in 18 outings this term.

However, he has also talked of his desire to move into coaching as he winds down his playing career.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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