Rangers have been linked with yet another transfer target as Amiens midfielder, Bongani Zungu, becomes the latest in an already long line of players to reportedly be attracting the attention of Steven Gerrard.
Get French Football News (reported in The Daily Record) is the original source for the speculation, claiming that Gerrard has been making enquiries about the South African international and despite preferring a move to La Liga or England, a move to Rangers can’t be ruled out.
When asked about where he sees his future following Amiens relegation from Ligue 1, he said:
“I almost left in January, and I think the club understands and they know that I’m looking to spread my wings, to get a new challenge, and to be honest I’m ready for that.
“But you don’t know what the future holds. I love the club; the president is amazing, and the fans.
“But personally I would like to move on with my career, and hopefully it happens.
“I would love to play in Spain, in La Liga. I think the league is nice, the teams play football, and yeah I would like to hopefully get a club in Spain.
“I would like to play in the Champions League, or maybe one day play in England. I don’t know, you never know! So play in the Champions League, play in England or in La Liga in one of the big teams.”
As is the way with modern football, a few social media responses is all it takes to fan the flames of speculation and all but confirm a deal, and Zungu was no different, after liking a series of posts connecting him to the club – including one with him photoshopped into a Rangers shirt alongside Gerrard – the 29-times capped midfielder could yet be on his way to Ibrox.
Zungo had just one goal and one assist from his 24 appearances last season, figures unlikely to inspire fans of the Light Blues who were crying out for extra creativity from the Gers midfield last season, and with Amiens rumoured to value him at €2-3million, they will feel that the money could be better spent elsewhere in their efforts to close the gap at the top of the Premiership and finally usurp Celtic as Scottish champions.