Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra with only days remaining in the transfer window.

The Algerian international is the latest centre back to be linked with an Emirates switch as Arsene Wenger's search for a new player in that position goes on at Arsenal.

Injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastian Squilaci have emphasised the need to strengthen in the position at north London, with Wenger confirming at the start of the month that it was an Arsenal priority. Their search turned to Bougherra yesterday, sending scouts to watch the player, according to the Daily Mail.

Chris Samba, Per Mertesacker and Richard Dunne have all been names as possible additions to the Gunners' ranks, but now their attentions seem to have turned towards Bougherra.

Linked with Liverpool in the summer, the African has represented Crewe, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton previously, enjoying a brief spell in the Barclays Premier League with the Addicks.


Former Liverpool bosses Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson were both believed to be interested in bringing the player to Anfield, and his impressive performances during the World Cup increased speculation over a move.

At the time, it was thought that Liverpool would pay in the region of £5 million for his services.

Arsenal could look to sign the player for a similar fee, or bring the player to the Emirates on a short-term loan deal. Wenger has stated that this could be the best option for the club during January, although it's unknown if Rangers would be interested in such a deal.

With Arsenal challenging for trophies on four fronts, Bougherra could prove to be an important addition to add strength-in-depth at the Emirates, although he'd be cup-tied for the Champions League.

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