Rangers transfers: Interest in Olimpiu Morutan in face of heightened Ianis Hagi speculation

Rangers are keeping tabs on Galatasaray’s Romanian internationalist Olimpiu Morutan.

Lazio's Montenegrin midfielder Adam Marusic (R) holds back Galatasaray's Romanian midfielder Olimpiu Morutan.
Lazio's Montenegrin midfielder Adam Marusic (R) holds back Galatasaray's Romanian midfielder Olimpiu Morutan.

The 22-year-old, who has been capped three times by his country and can play either as a winger or a No 10, is currently with the Istanbul outfit following a summer move from Steaua Bucharest in his homeland.

While Morutan has made more than ten appearances for Galatasaray, he is not a first-choice pick under veteran manager Fatih Terim and media in Turkey suggest that Rangers view him as short-term replacement should interest in their own Romanian Ianis Hagi become firmer.

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A number of clubs, including Galatasaray, have been linked with a move for Hagi and Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is reportedly eyeing up a replacement.

Galatasaray are reluctant to let Morutan leave permanently given they spent £4million for his permanent transfer six months ago, but would be open to a loan move to continue his development.

Such a scenario, however, appears to hinge on concrete interest in Hagi, who has admirers across Europe.