Russian giants makes fresh Rangers transfer claim; talk of previous £5m bid
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Russian giants makes fresh Rangers transfer claim; talk of previous £5m bid

Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara is reportedly a man in demand – but talk of a transfer to Russian giants Spartak Moscow appear to be short-lived according to a leading broadcaster.

Sky Sports have got it straight from the horse’s mouth that the Russian club are not monitoring the Finnish international and this follows up earlier claims from a Spartak press officer.

Kamara was linked with a £10m move for the ex-Arsenal Academy midfielder by Championat before the story was repeated by the Scottish Sun.

As we reported earlier, Dmitry Zelenov distanced Spartak Moscow from the Rangers midfielder.

“Spartak is not interested in Glen Kamara and, moreover, does not negotiate with him or his representatives,” he’s quoted as saying [translated] [Championat].

Now, Sky Sports are also claiming that the Russian side have confirmed this with them as a “spokesman” confirms that Kamara is not on the Spartak wishlist [Sky Sports].

The links to Kamara are especially interesting given the comments of Zarema Salikhova, the wife of Spartak owner Leonid Fedun.

Salikhova claimed earlier in the summer that Spartak had failed with a £5m move for a Finnish player which Soccer.ru would claim was Kamara and it doesn’t take much to join Salikhova’s dots.

“Offered last summer when (Tomas) Soucek refused,” said Salikhova.

“The footballer was ready to move, in the course of negotiations the price was brought down to 5 million.

“Plays in Scotland, a family nest in Finland. I really wanted to play closer to home. Comfortable for him.

Russian giants Spartak Moscow have rejected reports claiming they are interest in Rangers’ Glen Kamara. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Breeding negative feedback. So I think: would he have strengthened Spartak or, thank God, he hadn’t bought it?”

Well, for Rangers fans, it’s certainly a good thing Spartak didn’t pounce and say the interest – never mind the £5m suggestion – was legitimate, the Russians won’t be returning this summer.

Rangers remain eager to tie the ex-Dundee midfielder down, but one journalist is claiming it could have a knock-on effect on the club’s transfer business.