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Arsenal defender target still wanted in Scotland

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Rangers boss Ally McCoist has not given up hope of keeping Madjid Bougherra at Ibrox.

The Algerian defender hinted yesterday that he's keen on a return to the Barclays Premier League, with various sources reporting Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is one of those considering a move for the player.

"My focus is still on the Premier League. I played there for six months with Charlton and I want to go back as six months isn't a long time," Bougherra told the Scottish Sun.

"I have told him (McCoist) the truth because I respect him. He knows me, he knows what I need and he knows I have a good relationship with the club but if I go, I'd have to go cleanly."

However, the former Scotland striker hasn't given up hope of keeping Bougherra with the Gers, and admits he's one of a number of players who could sign a new deal.

"On the contract front, I have spoken to a few of the boys and the feedback on the talks has been positive," McCoist told the Scottish Express.


 

"Hopefully we can get all the boys signed up on new contracts, including Madjid. He is a player I definitely want to keep at the club.''

Arsenal have been linked with a number of defenders in recent months, with Chris Samba, Phil Jones and Gary Cahill all thought to be on the radar of the Emirates outfit.

Wenger confirmed he would look to make signings in the transfer window should the 'right' player become available to Arsenal, and the Frenchman appears set to splash the cash in Gunners additions this summer.

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