Rangers looking to wrap up signing of striker Joe Dodoo

Joe Dodoo is close to securing a deal to sign for Rangers. Picture: GettyJoe Dodoo is close to securing a deal to sign for Rangers. Picture: Getty
Joe Dodoo is close to securing a deal to sign for Rangers. Picture: Getty

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton hopes to have the signing of Leicester forward Joe Dodoo wrapped up by early next week.

The 21-year-old is keen on a move to Glasgow after training with Rangers this week and the two clubs are discussing a deal. Dodoo is out of contract but Leicester are due compensation as they offered him a new deal.

Dodoo hit four goals for Leicester in the Capital One Cup last season but only made one appearance in their title-winning campaign, and was loaned to Bury.

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Speaking at a media conference ahead of his team’s Betfred Cup clash with Motherwell, Warburton said: “We are trying to get things to completion. There is paperwork between the clubs. If all goes well, we can work with him early next week, but as yet it’s not finalised.

“I see him as a young, exciting striker, I see him probably more central than wide, but we like players with that flexibility of offering us width. If we have players with flexibility of position, then it gives us far more options.”

Dodoo impressed Warburton both on and off the training field this week.

“We have to add value and quality to the squad, and add characters who add something off the pitch as well,” he said. He came in and trained with us, fitted in really well. He was chatting away to Joey Barton, to Lee Wallace, the skipper, and Kenny Miller, and the young guys as well.”

Dodoo looks set to be Rangers’ ninth summer signing but Warburton aims to get another two on board.

“A defender and maybe one more striker as well,” he said. “We need to have depth.

“We want the young ones to go out and play as we did last year. The under-20s environment doesn’t suit so we want the young talents to go out on loan, the likes of Jordan Thompson, Ryan Hardie, Tom Walsh. I think they will benefit from that and come back to Rangers better players.”