Rangers linked with £2.25m move for Ivory Coast international – report
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Rangers to rival Club Brugge for Slavia Prague’s Simon Deli - report

Rangers are reportedly set to rival Belgian’s Club Brugge for Slavia Prague and Ivory Coast international Simon Deli.
The towering 6ft4 Deli, 27, is a highly rated centre-back and would plug the gap Rangers currently have at the back.
With Slavia Prague reportedly holding out for a club to meet Deli’s £2.25m release clause, Czech outlet iSport reported that Rangers were originally unwilling to meet the asking price.
But the Daily Record has now claimed Rangers are set to return for the player and are eager to reach an agreement.
The same report also suggests Rangers face competition from Jupiler league club Club Brugge for the seven-times capped Ivorian.
Rangers are on the hunt for a centre-back with only three first-team players available in that position.
At 26, Connor Goldson is the most experienced head in the position and is supplemented by Nikola Katic, 22, and George Edmundson, 21.
A powerful, athletic defender, Simon Deli is also capable of picking a pass and is strong in the air.
He certainly represents something different from what Rangers currently have and the big defender would bring more international pedigree to the club.

Deli is also established with the Ivory Coast national team. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Deli began his career in the Ivory Coast before moving to Czechia, the only European country he has played in to date.
The player originally signed for Sparta Prague but moved to rivals Slavia after failing to play a game with their city rivals in three years.
The reported move for Deli comes after Rangers have been linked with a range of centre-halves this summer.

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