Reported Rangers target Bongani Zungu started for Amiens against Caen on Saturday, despite the club allegedly reviving their interest in the player.
The Gers have been linked with the South Africa international throughout the transfer window and Steven Gerrard has made it clear that he wants to sign a new midfielder.
Therefore, when the Scotsman reported earlier in the week that Rangers had revived their interest and then Zungu appeared to wish two of his teammates goodbye in an Instagram post, a late deal looked to be on the cards.
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However, the 27-year-old is still very much involved at Amiens, as he played 82 minutes of their 1-0 defeat to Caen in Ligue 2 on Saturday afternoon.
The player’s inclusion doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t join Rangers before the end of the window, but it does suggest there’s plenty of work still to be done if the club wants to get a deal over the line by midnight on Monday.
Rangers’ win over Galatasaray on Thursday night secured Europa League qualification and with it, a sizeable cash windfall.
Zungu is unlikely to come cheap, though. Amiens’ president, Bernard Joannin, suggested last month that they were looking to sell players who weren’t 100% committed to the cause [Daily Record], but earlier in the window, the French club were said to be sticking steadfastly to a valuation of €4m (£3.6m) [Scotsman].
Rangers may well have the funds to pull off a late swoop following their European exploits, but is Zungu the number one target and if so, is he worth a fee of that size?