Rangers completes Umar Sadiq signing. Umar; i could not turn down Gerrard.
Rangers have completed the signing of Nigerian Striker Sadiq Umar from Roma.
Sadiq Umar is a tall powerful striker who stands at six foot three, and will be Steven Gerrard’s ninth signing of the summer.
Umar Sadiq oring had a good spell at NAC Breda last season. He scored five in 12 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Umar Sadiq was born in Kaduna in 1997, started his career in his home country before moving to Serie B side Spezia.
It was from Spezia that Roma spotted the talent and a season long loan to the Serie A side in 2015 lead to a permanent deal.
Umar is an Olympic medal winner after he helped Nigeria secure a bronze at Rio 2016.
The forward scored four at the tournament in Brazil, including two strikes in the bronze medal winning game as his country defeated Honduras 3-2.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV Sadiq said: “It is very good to be here, it has been good so far and I can’t wait to start. I truly am excited to be joining Rangers, it is a historical club and I can’t wait to play here.
“I found out Rangers were interested in me about a month ago when I was on holiday in Nigeria”
“I got a phone call from my agent and he told me about Rangers and I said let’s see what happens”
“He called me about two weeks ago and from there I started changing my mind. Even if the plan was to stay at Roma I couldn’t turn him down”
“He told me about the team; even though I already knew about Rangers and that they are the most successful team in the world.
“He told me about the players and said everybody would be at my side if I came here to help me and he would also help me to go forward in my career.