Rangers have reached the Champions League group stages and they might have indirectly helped Nottingham Forest land Cody Gakpo.

The Reds have reportedly bid for the Dutch sensation, with Manchester United also thought to be keen on the burgeoning talent.

Gakpo is one of Europe’s most wanted players and it’s thought that Forest are the only club to have made a move for the star.

Now, signing him could become more straightforward. The 23-year-old was keen to stay with PSV to try and help the team reach the Champions League.

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Now, with Rangers having knocked out Ruud van Nistelrooy’s men, Gakpo could be looking to get hooked up elsewhere.

Signing Gakpo won’t be easy. He is valued at around £35 million and the Dutch outfit won’t want to let their player go without a fight.

The winger would be a decent investment in the future from a Forest perspective and they could now swoop.

This season has begun in sound fashion for the player. He’s scored three goals and laid on a further four goals in the way of assists.

It’s probably his form from last season that has seen clubs from the Premier League and beyond declare their interest in the player.

During 2021/22 he bagged 21 goals and claimed 15 assists as PSV earned a place in the qualifying stages of the Champions League.

Forest indirectly helped in Gakpo by Rangers

Steve Cooper has confirmed that Forest are in the market for more new players before next Thursday’s transfer deadline.

That could see the interest in Gakpo ramped up as the Reds aim to finalise their squad ahead of the window closing.

The youngster would be an amazing signing. Forest would dearly love to have a player who has been wanted by United and it could be a stellar addition.

Forest Gakpo Rangers
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Gakpo can operate as a winger or as a centre-forward and that versatility would certainly see him fancied by Cooper.

Forest could complete a real coup if they get the youngster over the line. That said, it could now be a race against the clock.

If the Reds do get their man, they will have a lot to thank Rangers for.

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