Rangers FC in talks to sign midfielder

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July 1st is upon us and Rangers have already brought a number of new faces through the doors at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard has worked his magic to seal Ianis Hagi on a permanent deal before Jon McLaughlin arrived at the end of last week.

The stopper signed on a free transfer from Sunderland but more work will need to be done if the Glaswegian's want to narrow the gap between themselves and Celtic.

Gers fans won't need telling about the mammoth points gap they finished behind the Hoops but things can only get better next term.

Players like Lyndon Dykes and Rhian Brewster have been linked in recent weeks, as too has Ivan Toney. However, there is now another face that could arrive.

Journalist Joe Crann took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm that Rangers were indeed interested in midfielder Bongani Zungu.

The South African was linked with a switch to Scotland last week but now talks are apparently ongoing to seal his signature.

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The journalist revealed that negotiations are taking place over a deal that could cost Gerrard and co around €5m (£4.5m).

He said: 

One issue with any deal, however, is the fact that there's currently a lack of flights out of South Africa.

Whether that continues to occur remains to be seen but Rangers' pursuit could, unfortunately, be curtailed by COVID-19.

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Currently plying his trade for Amiens in French football, he is hardly a household name.

However, he has vast experience and has been capped 24 times by his country.

Though, you do have to slightly question Rangers' interest given his performances in Ligue 1 this term.

He has started just ten matches and when he has played, he's never really set the world alight.

Zungu has a pass success rate below 80%, a number that isn't too impressive for a midfielder.

On top of that, he has mustered just 0.8 interceptions. 

However, there is a redeeming feature as far as his tackling goes - completing 1.3 per match. Considering he's appeared 11 times from the bench, that's a handy number.

Though, at around £4.5m, Gerrard would surely want more from a defensive-minded player.

Unfortunately for the Light Blues, Zungu doesn't strike you as the type of player that could help bridge the gap to Celtic.

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