Rangers are reportedly interested in signing South African international midfielder George Maluleka.

According to reports in Maluleka’s homeland, Rangers have scouted the 30-year-old Kaizer Chiefs midfielder with a view to a January move.

SunSport are claiming that according to their source, Rangers are one club “in particular” who are keeping a close eye on the robust defensive midfielder.

Kaizer Chiefs’ midfielder George Maluleka controls the ball during the ABSA Premier Soccer League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on October 27, 2019. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

George Maluleka is a powerful midfielder who has six caps for the South African national side.

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With his contract expiring at the end of the summer, Maluleka would be available for a cut-price fee should any clubs move for the player next month.

Rangers are blessed with a range of midfield talents but it could be argued the club lack a physical, forceful presence in the middle of the park.

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The South African report claims Rangers watched the midfielder during Kaizer Chief’s recent 4-0 hammering of Stellenbosch FC.

 

Maluleka’s agent spoke to SunSport about his client’s future.

“It’s a delicate situation at the moment. Call me in the new year and we can have a proper conversation,” said Shaun Roberts.

“At the moment, George is happy at Kaizer Chiefs and obviously playing well and is a regular.

“I think we can sort of have a conversation properly in the new year.”

ISMAILIA, EGYPT – OCTOBER 06: George Maluleka of South Africa battles with Gladson Awako of Ghana during the Round of Sixteen FIFA U20 World Cup match between Ghana and South Africa on October 6, 2009 in Ismailia, Egypt. (Photo by Julian Finney – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Should Rangers move for the midfielder, what would that say about the future of Greg Docherty?

The former Hamilton midfielder has struggled for game time this season with a club insider suggesting a host of clubs watched on as Doc impressed in a bounce game against Leicester [Four Lads].

 

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