The Daily Record has tipped Rangers to reignite their interest in Amiens midfielder, Bongani Zungu, after an admission from the French club’s president.
The Gers were repeatedly linked with a swoop for the South Africa international earlier in the summer but despite negotiations reaching an advanced stage, the move fell through [Scotsman].
Zungu recently revived speculation, though, by claiming on social media that he no longer plays for Amiens and liking a tweet from a Rangers fan asking him to move to Ibrox.
Now, the Gers have been backed to try again for the player after a transfer admission from the Ligue 2 side’s president, Bernard Joannin.
“Before recruiting anyone else, we have to sell and that means the players who don’t want to be here,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There is no longer any question of keeping players who have their heads elsewhere.”
The report suggests that, following these comments from Joannin, Amiens may be prepared to accept less than the £4 million asking price they have stuck to so far this summer.
Rangers tipped to go back in for Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu – Verdict
While a lack of agreement on personal terms was previously reported to be the main issue with the deal [Scotsman], it’s suggested here that Rangers have also been unwilling to stretch to a fee of £4 million.
It does appear that Joannin is now prepared to negotiate on prices for his players and it’s hardly a leap to assert that Zungu, who has allegedly refused to play for Les Licornes so far this season despite being under contract until 2021, is one of those up for grabs.
The timing is good for Rangers, too, with Ryan Jack facing up to a month on the sidelines with a calf problem [Sky Sports].
However, there’s no guarantee that the Gers will be successful if they come back in, with teams from France, Spain and Italy allegedly interested [Kickoff.com], while there are also risks involved.
Zungu’s attempts to force a move away from Amiens could raise concerns about his attitude and given his lack of a full pre-season, the player is likely some way off match fitness.