Rangers have finally announced the signing of Bongani Zungu after the South African international agreed the terms of a one-year loan deal from Ligue 1 side Amiens.
Ross Wilson has once again worked his magic with the sporting director negotiating a deal that sees the Ibrox side have an option of making the transfer permanent at the end of the season, the French outfit were rumoured to be looking for a fee in the region of £3.5million a few weeks ago so to only pay a loan fee and still guarantee first refusal on the player is excellent news.
It is no secret that Steven Gerrard has been looking for a midfielder and he said of the 27-year old’s arrival on the club’s official website:
“Bongani fits the profile of player that adds further strength and depth to our midfield. We made it clear that we wanted a player who will enhance our squad and starting XI. We believe Bongani does this.
“We wanted a dominant midfielder with the right profile who can enhance the team and compliment other players we have . We have monitored this situation all summer and now feel it’s the right time.
“Our board have been very supportive throughout the window with seven new signings. We believe we have a squad in place that will compete in all competitions, both domestically and in Europe. This is a pleasing transfer for us and we look forward to Bongani joining up with the squad.”
Again, it looks as though Gerrard has been backed by the board and Wilson has managed to secure a top target, getting a player with Zungu’s experience and ability for such a small initial outlay is outstanding work.
Is Zungu going to be the difference?
Patience has paid off in this instance with Rangers now having first refusal in a deal that is becoming more common under Wilson’s recruitment strategy, reducing risk whilst increasing the quality of player at the club has been a hallmark of his tenure.
Zungu – with 29 South Africa caps to his name – has a couple of weeks to get to know most of his teammates during the international break, it also gives him a bit of time to get up to speed in terms of fitness, a baptism of fire awaits on the other side with a trip to Parkhead a great opportunity to announce yourself to your new fans.