Glasgow Rangers are trying to get Madjid Bougherra from Charlton Athletic, according to Sky Sports, and Newcastle are said to be watching developments.
Madjid Bougherra – Newcastle watching developments
The 25 year-old Algerian international seems to be in demand, as Real Betis failed with a bid last month, which didnâ€™t meet Charlton’s valuation of the player they signed for Â£2.5M from Sheffield Wednesday in January, 2007.
Betis are said to have bid Â£1.6M, but it is understood that Charlton want at least the Â£2.5M Alan Pardew paid for the 6â€™3â€ central defender.
Since moving to the Valley just over 18 months ago, Madjid has become a huge fans’ favorite, and his displays have attracted interest, including reports that Newcastle may be interested.
But there are two reasons Newcastle may be tracking the Algerian.
First, they may be interested in the player himself, but also if Glasgow Rangers do sign the Algerian, that may free up Rangerâ€™s in-demand Spanish center-back Carlos Cuellar, who has been a target of Newcastle’s for quite a while now.
With yesterday’s reports that Newcastle may also be interested in Wiganâ€™s Emerson Boyce for Â£3M, it could well be that Newcastle could bring in two center-backs during the summer.
We will lose 3 central defenders before August, with Ramage and Diatta having already departed, and Rozehnal will almost certainly be leaving after Euro 2008.
Bougherra has played 21 times for Algeria with one goal and was born in Longvic, France.