Steven Gerrard is keen to be reunited with former player Joe Aribo as he wants to bring the midfielder to Aston Villa in January.
Leicester City and Crystal Palace are also keen to sign Aribo to bolster their midfield.
Steven Gerrard is working something of a miracle at Aston Villa. The former Liverpool star has managed to get Villa firing again, despite poor results in recent weeks. Against Chelsea, on Boxing day, Aston Villa was well beaten by the Blues 3-1. The Blues are also on a run that has seen them lose pace with league leaders Manchester City.
Going into the new year, Gerrard, who is yet to sign any player, will be looking to bolster the squad as he continues to mould it in his image.
The winter transfer market will open on January 1, and it affords Gerrard ample opportunity to rid the market.
Clubs rarely let go of their best players in January, except he is in the final year of his contract. It makes getting quality players an arduous task, but Gerrard is unfazed and already has a few names on the list. One of the players that he is targeting is Nigerian midfielder Joe Aribo. The former Liverpool captain wants to bring the Nigerian to Aston Villa.
Aston Villa and Leicester City slug it out for Aribo
Joe Aribo has always fancied a move to the Premier League. The Nigerian international wants to showcase his skills to a bigger audience.
What Aribo craves seems to be within his grasp as two Premier League clubs jostle for his signature. The two teams want to prise him away from Rangers this January.
According to a report from Fichajes, it looks certain that Joe Aribo will be leaving Rangers this January. The outlet reports that Aston Villa and Leicester City are the two clubs vying for his signature.
Leicester City has had a poor run of results, and Brendan Rodgers is keen to put an end to it. He has set his sights on the Nigerian midfielder to partner with fellow Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi. Rodgers has competition from one of his former wards Steven Gerrard.
In the quest to sign Aribo, Aston Villa is ahead of Leicester City as Steven Gerrard has a previous relationship with the Nigerian. Steven Gerrard understands Joe Aribo very well and believes he will fit into his system at Aston Villa as the two had worked together at Rangers.
Aribo at Rangers
Joe Aribo notched up 112 competitive matches while Gerrard was the manager at Rangers. The January transfer window offers the opportunity to test the resilience of Rangers.
Aribo is a central midfielder, and he has over the years impressed with his offensive prowess sticking out as a vital weapon. The former Charlton Athletic starlet can operate as a playmaker or a winger. The Nigerian international has good numbers at Rangers, which has caught the eye of both Gerrard and Rodgers. In 123 competitive matches for the club, Aribo has scored 43 goals. Aribo is also a target of Crystal Palace.
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