Fenerbahce are looking to beat Rangers to the signing of Norwich City rock Timm Klose with the Switzerland international’s contract expiring this summer – but losing out to Fener could be a blessing in disguise.
Turkish outlet Hurriyet claim Fener want to sign 30-year-old Klose and are in pole position ahead of Rangers, because of the player’s agent Gaetano Giallanza.
Giallanza, a former Norwich City man himself, engineered Michael Frey’s move to Fener and remains the midfielder’s agent. Frey is a national teammate of Klose, which means he has ties in all the right places.
Rangers desperately need a centre-back this summer. Joe Worrall is likely to return to English Championship side Nottingham Forest after his loan, while Gareth McAuley’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
Klose is out of contract and the chances of him leaving are likely. But with Fener leading the race and the calibre of the Turkish league being somewhat higher than the Scottish Premiership, Rangers may miss out.
With their need for a centre-back unfulfilled, Rangers may find a silver lining in missing out on Klose. Martin Skrtel is out of contract at the Turkish club and has been repeatedly linked with a move to Ibrox.
If Klose agrees to join, there is no chance Fener will keep Skrtel. That will make him a free agent in the summer and give Steven Gerrard the chance to finally land the man he has been linked with signing since taking over at Rangers.
The Daily Record does claim that 34-year-old Skrtel is earning £60,000 a week at Fener. But if he becomes a free agent, he may be willing to accept a smaller wage.