Amiens Take Hardline Stance On Rangers Target Bongani Zungu, One Club Already Scared Off

Rangers target Bongani Zungu is keen to move on from Amiens this summer, but the French side are in no mood to cut their asking price, a stance which has already scared off one interested club. 

Zungu is currently in South Africa and has not yet returned to France due to a lack of flights.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants to land the midfielder and the Gers are currently in talks to try to push a deal over the line.

Zungu, who came close to joining Real Mallorca in January, is resolved that he wants to leave Amiens this summer, according to French outlet Le 11 Amienois.

However, Amiens are clear that they will not accept a reduced price for the midfielder and he will only leave if his asking price is met.

The French side value Zungu at between €4m and €5m and are determined that his price will not be knocked down.

It is unclear if Rangers are willing to meet Zungu’s asking price, or are trying to negotiate a lower sum with Amiens.

Strasbourg, who were also keen on landing Zungu, have already been scared off by Amiens’ stance and are looking at other targets.

Zungu made 21 appearances in Ligue 1 for Amiens this season and helped his side play out a thrilling 4-4 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in February.

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Rangers Target Bongani Zungu Stuck In Homeland Due To Lack of Flights As Gers Continue Talks

Rangers target Bongani Zungu is still in South Africa due to a lack of flights as talks continue between the Gers and Amiens over a deal. 

Steven Gerrard has identified the South Africa international as someone he wants to add to his squad ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The Scottish giants are in talks with Amiens as they try to reach an agreement for Zungu, but the player is still in South Africa, according to the Sheffield Star’s Joe Crann.

Zungu has been left stuck in his homeland due to a lack of flights.

It is claimed that Amiens could agree to sell the midfielder if Rangers come up with between €4m and €5m.

Zungu joined Amiens in 2017 from Portuguese outfit Vitoria, who took him to Europe from South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.

The midfielder is under contract with Amiens for a further year, having penned a four-year deal when he joined.

Zungu made 21 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, providing one assist for his team-mates, and picked up four yellow cards in the process.

He operates as a defensive midfielder.

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Rangers Defender Filip Helander Aiming To Reach Higher Level

Rangers defender Filip Helander is looking to kick on and reach a higher level of performance in the 2020/21 campaign, following an injury interrupted season.

The 27-year-old arrived at Ibrox in the middle of July, joining up with Steven Gerrard’s side late in their pre-season preparations and needed time to get up to speed.

Helander made an impact when he reached full fitness though, being handed game time by Gerrard and featuring for the Gers in the Scottish Premiership, Scottish League Cup and the Europa League.

However, a foot injury that he picked up in December ruled him out until late March and with the season brought to an early close, the Swede has been unable to get back to action.

The former Bologna man is now looking towards the season ahead and is keen to reach an even higher level of performance.

“When I arrived, I hadn’t had a pre-season so I was a bit behind everyone else”, Helander told his club’s official site.

“Then when I started to play, both October and November I think I played well and then I got injured.

“Hopefully I can get to an even higher level now.”

Helander made 17 appearances over the course of this season for Rangers and chipped in with two goals, while he also collected four yellow cards.

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Filip Helander Pleased With Gers’ Transfer Moves

Rangers defender Filip Helander admits he is delighted to see the Gers adding to their squad so early in the summer. 

The Gers are shaping up for a huge 2020/21 campaign, but there is still financial uncertainty as it is unclear when fans will be allowed back into games

Rangers are still in the market for signings despite the tough financial landscape and have turned Ianis Hagi’s loan into a permanent move.

The club have also signed young defender Calvin Bassey from Leicester City, while goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has arrived from Sunderland.

Helander is pleased to see Rangers making signings and feels it sends out the right signal ahead of the new season.

“It’s a great signal from the club”, the defender told Rangers TV.

“As a player, you always want your team to be as strong as possible and that is what we are looking for every day in training when there are new players coming in to make us a stronger team.”

Rangers are looking at a long pre-season before the start of the new Scottish Premiership season on 1st August, and Helander feels that means there can be no excuses when the action begins.

“Of course, there is still a long way to go, but whenever it is going to be, there is no excuse to not be ready and we are all looking forward to it”, he added.

Helander missed the second half of this season with injury and last played for Rangers in December.

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Celtic Touch Base Over Signing Rangers Target, Player Interested In Move, Hurdle Remains

Celtic have been in touch with the representatives of Rangers target Haris Belkebla to register their interest in the midfielder. 

Belkebla is a man in demand following a season of solid displays in Ligue 1 with Brest and several sides are showing interest in snapping him up

Rangers are keen to take Belkebla to Scotland, while Lens want to keep him in France and add the Algeria international to the ranks.

Now, according to Algerian outlet Le Buteur, Celtic have been in touch to make clear that they would like to sign Belkebla.

Belkebla is willing to move to Celtic and is excited about the possibility of a move away from France.

He is also alive to Lens’ advances, but a problem remains in the shape of Brest.

Brest consider Belkebla to be a key man and are opposed to losing him when the transfer window opens, viewing him as one of the best in Ligue 1 at what he does.

Belkebla has started training again with his team-mates at Brest and wants to have his future resolved before the new Ligue 1 campaign starts.

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Rangers Could Find Open Door With Bid For Kemar Roofe, Anderlecht Open To Sale

Rangers could succeed in signing Kemar Roofe from Anderlecht this summer, even though the striker is settled in Belgium. 

Steven Gerrard’s side have been linked with a possible bid for Roofe in the event that they need to replace Alfredo Morelos.

Anderlecht only signed Roofe from Leeds United last summer and in an injury disrupted campaign he hit the back of the net six times in 13 Belgian top flight games.

It had appeared that Rangers would be up against it to sign Roofe with the news he is happy and settled at Anderlecht, and looking forward to the new season.

However, according to Belgian outlet Voetbal Belgie, Anderlecht have not closed the door on selling Roofe.

Anderlecht need to bring in money to finance new signings this summer and Roofe is viewed as a potential source of funds.

It is claimed that Anderlecht would be prepared to sell Roofe if a bid of between €6m and €10m is made.

They will not though push the striker out and he must be happy to make the move away from the club.

Roofe, who scored 33 goals in 122 games during his spell at Leeds United, has a contract at Anderlecht which runs until the summer of 2022.

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Rangers Target Haris Belkebl Tempted By Lens Move

Rangers target Haris Belkebla is tempted by the idea of a move to Lens. 

The midfielder is on the books at Ligue 1 side Brest and the club are keen to make sure they keep hold of him throughout the summer transfer window, with coach Olivier Dall’Oglio having declared him a key man.

Belkebla has interest from other clubs, with Scottish giants Rangers having been linked with wanting to take the 26-year-old to Ibrox to boost Steven Gerrard’s midfield options.

However, Belkebla is most tempted by the prospect of a move to Lens, according to French magazine Le 10 Sport.

It is claimed that despite Brest having closed the door on selling Belkebla, there is the potential for Lens to tilt the scales in their favour.

The midfielder, who is an Algeria international, is high up on Lens’ hit list, with the side keen to land him.

Belkebla’s Brest finished in 14th spot in Ligue 1 this season after the campaign was brought to an early close.

Lens are preparing for a return to the top flight, having finished in the second automatic promotion place in Ligue 2, just one point ahead of Ajaccio.

It remains to be seen if Rangers can force their way into the reckoning for the Algerian.

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Rangers Target Terem Moffi Indicates Towards Future Plans

Rangers target Terem Moffi has indicated that he does not want to stick around for too long in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, with his move to the league being carefully weighed. 

The Gers have been linked with a number of strikers as they plan for the possibility they may have to replace Alfredo Morelos this summer.

Moffi, who is on the books at Belgian top flight side KV Kortrijk, has been mooted as a target for Rangers, with his performances having caught the eye.

The striker only joined Kortrijk in the January transfer window, but scored four goals in seven Jupiler Pro League games as he made an instant impact.

Moffi has a clear path he wants to follow and has admitted that he joined Kortrijk to put himself in the shop window, indicating another move may not be far away.

“There was interest from different countries, such as Norway or Israel”, Moffi told Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws.

“But through Belgium I get the easiest [route] to a larger competition, so I also chose this league.”

Moffi is under contract at Kortrijk until the summer of 2023 and the Belgian side may resist selling someone they only signed in January.

The striker played in Lithuania before making the move to Belgium.

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Florian Kamberi Still Keen On Rangers Return

Florian Kamberi is still keen to return to Rangers if the Gers can agree a deal with Hibernian for his signature, according to the Evening Times

Rangers snapped up the striker on loan from Hibs in the January transfer window and he put in performances on the pitch which would praise due to his commitment to the cause.

It was recently claimed that Rangers had added Kamberi on loan once again to use him in their Europa League clash with Bayer Leverkusen, but that has been dismissed as wide of the mark.

However, Kamberi would welcome a move back to Rangers, if the Gers can do a deal with Hibernian.

He is keen to be a Rangers player heading into the 2020/21 season and does not appear to have a future at Easter Road.

Kamberi has attracted interest from a number of other clubs, but he is continuing to train with Hibernian.

The striker made six appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Rangers during his spell at Ibrox and also played in the Europa League for the Ibrox outfit.

In total, while on the books at Hibernian, Kamberti has made 84 appearances and scored 30 goals for the club; he has two more years left on his Hibernian contract.

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Rangers Suffer Blow To Hopes of Landing Haris Belkebla

Rangers have suffered a blow to their hopes of landing Brest midfielder Haris Belkebla, with the signs pointing towards no move for the player this summer. 

Saint-Etienne, Lens and Rangers are all keen on Belkebla, having been impressed with his performances for Brest in Ligue 1 over the course of this season.

Brest could be tested with bids for the Algeria international this summer, but according to French daily Le Telegramme, the signs are that Belkebla will not move.

The French side’s coach Olivier Dall’Oglio is counting on Belkebla for the upcoming Ligue 1 season and Brest are not looking to sell the midfielder.

It is also claimed that keeping hold of Belkebla for a further season could see his value rise in time for next summer’s transfer window.

The 26-year-old made 23 appearances in Ligue 1 over the course of the season for Brest and won his first Algeria cap in November.

Brest still have Belkebla under contract for a further two years.

It remains to be seen if a substantial offer could cause Brest to rethink their position, with the club are present firmly opposed to losing Belkebla.

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