EFL Championship club Huddersfield Town have reportedly made a big decision regarding the future of Rangers linked midfielder Juninho Bacuna [The Sun 21 February, Page 63].
Bacuna is a 23-year-old Curacao international who journalist Alan Nixon claimed the Gers tried to sign in October on the final day of the summer transfer window.
Rangers. Search for an attacking midfielder. Inquiry for Bacuna at Huddersfield. Loan with a view. Rejected at this point.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) October 5, 2020
A transfer never materialised, with Rangers instead confirming the capture of Bongani Zungu on loan from Amiens later that day.
It’s easy to see why Huddersfield opted against letting Bacuna leave, as he’s played a key role for them all season, starting 24 of the 28 Championship matches he’s been available for.
However, according to this latest report from the Sun, the Terriers have decided to sell in the summer.
Bacuna’s current deal expires at the end of the season but it’s said that the Yorkshire club will trigger a one-year extension to avoid losing him for free, before attempting to sell him on for £5m.
That would represent a significant fee for the Gers and they aren’t the only ones linked with interest, either, with clubs in Belgium and France also said to be circling.
There’s every chance that Steven Gerrard will have to strengthen in midfield in the summer, though, with Zungu’s Ibrox career surely over following his breach of Covid regulations, while multiple clubs have been linked with interest in Glen Kamara and Steven Davis is yet to sign a new contract.
Bacuna has three goals and three assists from 29 appearances in all competitions this season and previously played in the Dutch Eredivisie and Europa League with hometown club FC Groningen.
Meanwhile, supporters of an EFL League One club are rejoicing following the appointment of a former Rangers player as their manager.