Rangers hopeful of Dodoo capture

15 Jul

Leicester forward Joe Dodoo

Joe Dodoo scored four League Cup goals for Leicester last season

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is hopeful of adding forward Joe Dodoo to his squad next week.

The 21-year-old has been training with the Ibrox club and is out of contract with Leicester City, although the Foxes would be due compensation.

Dodoo only made one appearance in the first team last season but scored four times in the English League Cup before being loaned to Bury.

“If all goes well, we can work with him early next week,” said Warburton.

“I see him as a young, exciting striker. I see him probably more central than wide, but we like players with that flexibility of offering us width.

“If we have players with flexibility of position then it gives us far more options.

“We have to add value and quality to the squad and add characters who add something off the pitch as well.

“He came in and trained with us, fitted in really well. He was chatting away to Joey Barton, to Lee Wallace, the skipper, and Kenny Miller, and the young guys as well.”

Dodoo would be Warburton’s ninth summer signing with Barton, Niko Kranjcar, Matt Gilks, Jordan Rossiter, Clint Hill, Lee Hodson, Josh Windass and Matt Crooks all moving to Govan.

However, the Rangers manager is keen to add at least two more before the Premiership campaign begins on 6 August.

“A defender and maybe one more striker as well,” he said. “We need to have depth.

“We want the young ones to go out and play as we did last year. The under-20s environment doesn’t suit, so we want the young talents to go out on loan; the likes of Jordan Thompson, Ryan Hardie, Tom Walsh.

“I think they will benefit from that and come back to Rangers better players.”

Rangers start the season in the Scottish League Cup away to Motherwell on Saturday.


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