Glasgow Rangers striker Sadiq Umar could move to Belgian side Standard Liege in January

NIGERIAN striker Sadiq Umar could be on his way to Belgian club Standard Liege in the January transfer window after his current clubside Glasgow Rangers revealed that it would not be averse to letting him go.


Umar, 21, was loaned to Glasgow Rangers by his parent club Roma, in Italy but since the start of the season, he has found it hard to get into the starting line-up at Ibrox. Rangers head coach Steven Gerrard has now placed him as fourth choice in the list of strikers at ‎the club., which has resulted in Umar missing out on matchday squads for the past few games.


Rangers are said to be willing to terminating his loan deal in January because the club is eyeing a move for Liverpool's Nigerian-born forward Dominic Solanke as his replacement. Roma will loan Sadiq out again if he returns to the club in January and Standard Liege who were keen on acquiring him in the summer before his move to Rangers have already contacted his representatives.


However, Umar is said to be eager to finish the season at Rangers where he believes he can fight for a spot in the starting line up if the coach hands him the chance. Initially, Gerrard said he regarded Umar very highly and when the striker joined in the summer, it was thought he would be an important part of the team.


Meanwhile, 16-year old Arsenal youth team goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is yet to give a definite answer to the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) regarding his involvement with the Nigeria U20 team. Okonkwo has been lined up for invitation to the team who are preparing for the Africa U20 Cup of Nations but the NFF wants assurances from the youngster before officially inviting him.


It appears he is keen on continuing his career ‎with England where he has played for the U16 squad and he is presently the first choice goalkeeper of the English U18 team. Rated highly by the technical crew of Arsenal, Okonkwo is six feet five inches tall, which many believe is part of why he is tipped for a bright future.