A leading South African football journalist has refuted claims that Bongani Zungu failed a medical with Rangers in August.

Lorenz Köhler also claims that a season-long loan move between Amiens and Rangers is “nearly a done deal”, echoing the comments of Times journalist Paul Joyce.

The South African football journo also claims that the player will be eligible to sign a pre-contract with the Ibrox club come January.

Replying to a fan who asked about the deal collapsing previously, Köhler accused the Scottish Sun of making up a story about the player failing a medical due to being overweight.

This would also refute the claims of French publication L’Equipe who also claimed Zungu failed a medical due to his weight to see a deal collapse in August.


That report also claimed that Rangers had resurrected their interest in a deal for the South African international midfielder.

Rangers were said to have had a £3.8m (€4m) bid accepted for Zungu in July [Scotsman] before the deal collapsed with conflicting reports about the circumstances surrounding it.

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A leading South African journalist believes Bongani Zungu never failed his medical for being overweight and is closing in on a deal to come to Rangers. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The story about Zungu failing his medical appears to come from this Scottish Sun report which was rubbished by journalist Joe Crann – the man who broke the story on Rangers’ interest – at the time.

This has now also been refuted by Lorenz Köhler and Rangers fans can perhaps now get excited as reports intensify around the player’s potential arrival at Ibrox.

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