Arsenal shock link to Algerian star

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Arsenal are being linked with a shock move for Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra.

The Rangers centre back was outstanding against England at the World Cup on Friday night, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger watching on from the stands.

Frenchman Wenger was linked with the 27-year-old at the start of this month, admitting his admiration for the when assessing England's World Cup opponents.

"I know the youngster Ryad Boudebouz, who is a very good player. There is also Madjid Bougherra who plays at Rangers — I rate him too."

His individual performance against Wayne Rooney will have done nothing to deter the Gunners chief, who is keen to make defensive signings as Sol Campbell, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre head for the Emirates exit door.

Bougherra had brief Premier League experience with Charlton Athletic, and has also played for Crewe Alexandra and Sheffield Wednesday in England.

A £5 million bid would be needed to take the French-born defender away from Ibrox, and the player's agent has hinted that a move could be round the corner. Arsenal are the reported favourites, according to the Daily Express.

“The situation with Madjid is that we spoke to Rangers before the World Cup and the position was clear," said player agent Fabien Piveteau.

“We knew the World Cup could spark interest and if a good offer comes in that is suitable for both parties then a move can happen. Madjid enjoys being at Rangers, but it is true that he has made a very good start to this World Cup. It’s natural that he will command interest from other clubs.”

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