Rangers have announced the signing of Charlton star Joe Aribo on a four-year deal.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, who is reported to have attracted interest from Celtic as well as clubs in the Premier League and Bundesliga, netted ten goals for the League One side last season as they won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.
Rangers are expected to pay a cross-border development fee of around £300,000 for Aribo, who was out of contract at the Addicks.
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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told the club’s website: “There were a lot of clubs in for Joe around Europe, in the Premier League and the Championship. There was a lot of interest in him but for me it’s just another top player joining Rangers.
“He’s mobile, dynamic, can burst past a player and create and score goals. There is room for him to develop but he’ll give us something we’ve not got in the midfield department.
“He’s left footed, which is something we don’t have in our midfield at the moment so he’ll give us more balance. We have a good midfield but currently we don’t have a player with Joe’s characteristics.
“He is tall, athletic and quick. He’s a box-to-box player and is not afraid to open the door when he gets around the box and he can unlock defences.
“We’re confident we can turn Joe into an even better player and I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“He’s still young and we firmly believe there is a lot to come from him, but we need to be patient in order to allow him to continue his development and to improve as a player with the club.”