Rangers linked with swoop for former Zenit star before story reportedly takes twist
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Rangers linked with swoop for former Zenit star before story reportedly takes twist

Rangers have been linked with a swoop for former Zenit St Petersburg star Daler Kuzyaev, but the Scottish Herald reports that the club have since denied interest in the midfielder.

Central midfield has been the one real area of concern for Rangers since the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign and on Friday afternoon, it looked as though they had turned to Kuzyaev as a potential solution.

Kuzyaev in action for Russia in a friendly against Germany. (Photo by Lukasz Laskowski/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

The 21-cap Russia international, who made a handful of appearances at the 2018 World Cup, is a free agent after recently opting to leave Zenit.

The Glasgow Times, Scottish Sun and Daily Record all claimed, citing reports in Russia, that the Gers were looking to bring the player in.

Recent comments from Alexander Medvedev, sporting director at Kuzyaev’s former club, was used to support the content of the reports: “Daler has interest from a number of clubs in Europe and has rejected our offer of a new contract.”

However, in a twist, the Scottish Herald have since reported that Rangers have flatly denied any interest in bringing the player to Ibrox this summer.

Rangers have reportedly dismissed reports that they are interested in Kuzyaev. (Photo by Igor Russak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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The Gers could be bluffing by dismissing the links to Kuzyaev but at this stage, it’s unclear how they would benefit from that, given that as the Russia international is unattached, rumours won’t be driving his transfer fee up.

At 27, Kuzyaev is a good age and is relatively experienced, with a good number of international appearances under his belt.

However, despite the fact that there would be no fee involved, moving for a player who has no experience of club football outside of Russia would constitute something of a risk.

Kuzyaev’s returns of a solitary assist and no goals from 20 Russian Premier League outings last season also suggest he may not be the box-to-box, dynamic operator Gerrard badly requires.