Rangers close to transfer coup with Aribo deal

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Rangers are set to complete the signing of Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo in the coming days after beating rivals Celtic to his signature.

Rangers are set to complete the signing of Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo in the coming days after beating rivals Celtic to his signature.

It is understood Aribo was in Glasgow on Monday to undergo a medical and the finishing touches are now being put to the transfer with the 22-year-old set to sign a four-year deal worth £20,000-per-week.

The move will cost the Scottish Premiership club around £300,000 in compensation and one completed Aribo will jet to Portugal to join the club’s warm-weather training camp ahead of pre-season.

The move is seen as a major coup for Rangers, who have landed the player ahead of the likes of Premier League clubs Brighton, Bournemouth, Southampton and Aston Villa.

Glasgow rivals Celtic were also keeping tabs on the youngster but saw their offer turned down, while he also rejected a new deal from Charlton.

When asked about a deal for Aribo, Gers boss, Steven Gerrard said: ‘We believe there was Premier League and European clubs chasing Joe, which is no surprise.

‘ Charlton manager Lee Bowyer was hopeful to keep Aribo at the Valley and he is disappointed to see him leave for Rangers.

‘It’s a shame if he gets pushed to somewhere where it is not going to benefit him in his football career.

If he goes to Rangers that is not the right place for him to go for his football career,’ Bowyer told South London Press.

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