Rangers ‘make contract offer’ for top Dutch defender wanted by Newcastle

Rangers have reportedly already offered a contract offer to Newcastle United target Danilho Doekhi after his decision to leave Vitesse this summer.

Doekhi, 22, has been working at Vitesse since 2018 and has drawn attention with his screens on the back. The former Netherlands Under-21 ace has one more year on his contract. But he would have decided that the current campaign would be the last in GelreDome.

Attention has already turned to a possible next destination, with Fulham joining the Magpies to show interest. But it looks like the Gers stole a step from the Premier League duo by making them an offer.

By Gelderlander report that the Glasgow giants will offer the defender a three-year contract with Ibrox. However, it is still employed by Vitesse at the present time and the Eredivisie outfit will seek the highest possible price.

It might not come from north of the border and therefore any offer from Glasgow’s blue half may be in vain. Doekhi comes from football as he is the nephew of former Chelsea, Barcelona and Milan player Winston Bogarde.

He made 74 top-tier appearances in the Netherlands for the Arnhem-based club. The talented youngster has had 28 league starts in 2020-2021, helping his side to place fourth in the table.

But, if the reports are to be believed, this will be his last season for the club.

Rangers a tough call for Doekhi

Steve Gerrard’s side have already won the Scottish Premier League title. Still undefeated in the league, they have based their success on solid defense.

They have conceded just 12 top-flight goals all season, scoring 81 to end Celtic’s dominance. The tastes of Filip Helander, Connor goldson and Leon Balogun were exceptional.

And it is by no means certain that Doekhi would be able to command a place in the first team. Therefore, a move to St James’ Park might be a better option.

An end-of-season rally means it’s likely Steve Bruce’s side will be in the Premier League next quarter. Despite uncertainty about club ownership, it seems likely that they will recruit out of season.

The Cottagers are almost certain to qualify for the championship so their interest may be over. Wherever he ends up, Doekhi will bring a lot to the party.

Vitesse coach Thomas Letsch is a huge fan and feels the equal of most.

“Danilho is one of the best defenders in the league,” he said.

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