Former Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu could be snapped up by La Liga club Espanyol, with staying at Amiens ‘not an option’ for the South Africa international [Soccer Laduma].
Zungu spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Ibrox from Amiens, making a total of 20 appearances.
However, the majority of his outings came from the bench, with minor injuries, uninspiring form and a breach of Covid regulations all combining to ensure he didn’t make much of an impact.
The Gers opted against signing him on a permanent deal and he’s contracted to Amiens until the summer of 2022.
However, the midfielder is still at home in South Africa rather than with the Ligue 2 club, with visa issues delaying his return to France.
His agent, Badara Wague, has explained to Soccer Laduma that playing in the French second tier next season is “not an option” for Zungu and the South African outlet reports that Espanyol are interested in acquiring him.
The report has since been picked up by the Scottish Sun and it’s asserted that the Catalan club – who won promotion back to La Liga last season – could be keen on a permanent deal.
Amiens president Bernard Joannin has previously spoken about the boost Zungu’s return would give to the Amiens squad but the French club may look to cash in if an offer is tabled, given the player’s contract situation and lack of desire to play in the second tier.
Zungu showed glimpses of quality at times during his stint at Ibrox, with his display at Lech Poznan in the Europa League group stages his best outing in Light Blue.
However, based on his overall efforts during his time in Scotland, he would be relatively fortunate to secure a switch to the Spanish top-flight.