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Arsenal and Liverpool in shock race for Algerian

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Arsenal and Liverpool are both being linked with a move for Algerian international Madjid Bougherra.

The Rangers defender had a brief stint in the Premier League back in 2007, and would relish the opportunity to ply his trade at the top level in England once again. The 27-year-old is aware of interest from a number of clubs, including Arsenal.

"I heard that Hamburg and Arsenal are interested through the papers, but there is nothing official as yet," Bougherra told

"I would choose the Premier League if I had a choice, I love the English mentality and their football is the best."

The centre back impressed for his country in the World Cup, playing a pivotal role in shutting down England during their World Cup Group C 0-0 draw.

Bougherra has plyed his trade in Britain since moving on loan to Crewe in 2006. A move to Sheffield Wednesday followed before his top flight chance came with Charlton Athletic, who paid £2.5 million for his services in January '07.

Instant relegation was followed by a season in the Championship before SPL giants Rangers took the defender to Ibrox, again for £2.5 million.

Whilst satisfied in Glasgow, Bougherra has dropped big hints that he would relish a move south of the border.

"First of all I am a Rangers player, my contract runs until 2012, so I am fine there," Bougherra continued.

"I want to test myself against the likes of (Wayne) Rooney, (Didier) Drogba, (Fernando) Torres and (Emmanuel) Adebayor. For me, it is also time for pay back because I don't think a lot of people remember that I played in the Premier League with Charlton."

Liverpool are the other club thought to be interested in bringing Bougherra to Anfield, although there is doubts over a potential move to Merseyside without a manager in place for the Reds.

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