Rangers are reportedly set to sign forward Abdallah Sima on a season–long loan deal from Premier League side Brighton Hove Albion, as reported by journalist Graeme Croser from Mail Sport Scotland.
The 22-year-old joined Brighton in August 2021 for a significant fee, but after two years, the forward is yet to make a push for a first-team spot and is expected to go back out on loan next season.
Who is Abdallah Sima?
The forward began his career in the Czech Republic, bursting onto the scene with Slavia Prague. This led to him completing an £8 million switch to Brighton Hove Albion, but a day after signing he joined Championship side Stoke City on a season long loan.
Last season, the forward was on loan with French side Angers SCO. In Ligue 1, Sima made 34 appearances for the club, scoring five goals and assisting a further two. He also contributed to two goals in three Coupe De France matches.
The rebuild continues
During the summer transfer window, Rangers have already dipped into England on several occasions, to strengthen their squad ahead of the new SPFL season.
We have already seen Chelsea’s Dujon Sterling, Norwich’s Kieran Dowell and Manchester United’s Jack Butland, but it appears as though their business is far from over.
What’s been said?
According to Graeme Croser, Sima has been on the club’s radar since Rangers faced Slavia Prague in the Europa League, a few seasons ago.
The two clubs (Brighton and Rangers) have agreed on a loan switch for Sima, therefore allowing him to make the move into the SPFL for the 2023/24 season.
Honestly, I don’t know too much about the player but considering he was valued at £8 million less than two years ago, there are strong points about his game.
Rangers struggled to close out matches at times last season, so the addition of a new striker, could make a significant difference. He will also come in following the departure of Alfredo Morelos.