Super Eagles ace Joe Aribo is in the middle of a raging battle among three premier league clubs Crystal Palace, Brentford and Watford even with his contract with Rangers still 18 months away from expiring.
The Nigeria international has become a must play for the Rangers who recently parted ways with their coach Steven Gerrard following his move to take charge of Aston Villa. Aribo and compatriot Leon Balogun enjoyed regular action under Gerrard who did not hide his admiration for their doggedness as Rangers added the Scottish league to their laurels after domination of the scene by Celtic.
The Premier League trio are among the clubs tracking talented midfielder Aribo, 25, as he heads towards the final 18 months of his contract with the Scottish champions.
Aribo joined Rangers in 2019 from Charlton and has flourished north of the border making 116 appearances, scoring 21 times and setting up 18 further goals.
The Nigeria international has also displayed his versatility, playing centrally in midfield, out wide and even deputising on occasions at left back.
Aribo flourished under former manager Steven Gerrard and was a key figure in Rangers’ first top-flight title success in 10 years last season.
He has continued to shine in the early days of Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s Ibrox rein, being named man of the match in Sunday’ 3-1 win at Livingston.
Aribo scored a stunning goal for the Scottish Premiership leaders at Livingston and Van Bronckhorst is thought to be keen to deploy him in a more advanced role to maximise his attacking qualities.
Rangers will be reluctant to lose key man Aribo who has started all but one of their games this season.
But his contract situation, with his deal expiring in 2023, has left them vulnerable and given hope to his admirers that they may be able to prise him away in either the January window or next summer. Should Watford triumph in the battle for Aribo he will be joining Super Eagles goalie Maduka Okoye who recently signed for the side but is expected to join them at the end of the current season.
Rangers take on Hibernian in continuation of the Scottish league later tonight just as Watford host Chelsea in the English premier league.