Alfredo Morelos closes on Rangers exit as controversial striker agrees Lille transfer

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Alfredo Morelos is edging towards a Rangers exit after he agreed personal terms with French side Lillie.

A fee now needs to be agreed between the Ligue 1 outfit and Rangers.

Morelos was linked with the exit door last term before remaining at Ibrox but the lure of a move away may now prove too strong.

Lille are in the market for a new striker with current frontman Victor Osimhen expected to head for Napoli.

They had a move for Gent’s Jonathan David rebuffed and now appear to have switched their attention to the Colombian.

Morelos has enjoyed another productive season in Scotland and looked set to beat his 30 goal tally that he registered in 2018/19.

Since moving from Finnish side HJK the 24-year-old has scored 77 times in 137 games.

Morelos only cost Rangers £1m and is likely to represent a massive profit, although it will come as a blow to Steven Gerrard.

The player turned manager is looking to end the Celtic dominance in Scotland and recently spoke of adding to his forward line, but will now have to replace his leading marksman.

He said: “We haven’t got enough options in the number nine area at the moment. We’re actively looking to strengthen in that area. We have to be patient and try and get the right one in.

“We can’t just make a decision for the short term. We have to look at the big picture and the long term.

“We’ll only go in for the right name who can help us over 60 games rather than someone who can help us for the next few weeks.”

Morelos has been involved in his fair share of controversy during his Rangers career, picking up seven red cards across the past two seasons, but he has remained the team’s principle goal threat.

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