It was reported by The Scottish Sun back in January that Rangers were one of the teams interested in signing Karlan Grant, with Steven Gerrard hoping to bring the striker to Ibrox on a pre-contract deal.
Grant had been superb during the first-half of last season, scoring 14 goals for the Addicks. And Rangers appeared to have an advantage over his other admirers as they could discuss a pre-contract move in January with his contract running down.
Ultimately however, Grant would end up heading to Huddersfield Town. Rangers would sign a player from Charlton that summer, but Joe Aribo was the man to make the switch.
Grant vindicated the Terriers’ decision to make a move. Despite playing for the club for only half a season, he ended the campaign as their top goalscorer with four goals in the Premier League.
And his form has carried over into this campaign. He has already scored nine goals in the Championship. And it appears that his form is, once again, attracting admirers.
The Sun on Sunday (2/11; page 61) reported at the weekend that Wolves want the 22-year-old. It was suggested that Huddersfield are set to demand at least £10 million for the forward.
Rangers may not be kicking themselves over not signing Grant. But perhaps, in time, they may go on to rue not getting him through the door.
Have Rangers missed chance?
The Gers currently have Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe in fine form. The pair have scored 33 goals between them already this season.
But Rangers fans will know that keeping Morelos is only going to get tougher and tougher as each window passes. Meanwhile, Defoe is now 37. In fairness, he looks as though he could carry on for a few years yet. But Gerrard would be forgiven for having concerns about the long-term futures of both men.
Grant’s form over the last year suggests that he could have been a massive success at Ibrox had they landed him on a free transfer. Unfortunately, the reports linking him with an eight-figure move to the Premier League hint that any hope Rangers may have still had of landing the striker in the future have almost completely gone.