There is a report in the Guardian today that Newcastle United are interested in Rangers’ Algerian central defender Madjid Bougherra.
Madjid Bougherra – 26 year old 6’2″ Rangers center-back
The 26 year old 6’2” defender only moved to Rangers last summer from Charlton Athletic for a £2M fee, so we don’t think the transfer fee, if Newcastle are indeed interested, would be much more than that.
The reports say that the Algerian international has impressed Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear after some impressive displays in the Scottish Premier League for Glasgow Rangers.
But there’s a huge difference in class between the Scottish Premier league and English Premier League so that’s not saying too much.
Madjid was at Sheffield Wednesday for a year from 2006 and before that was at French football club FC Gueugnon, playing in the Championship National League.
So he has never played in any top class leagues yet, and we can only assume his performances for Rangers this year have been very good.
The news is that Bougherra’s representatives have informed the Glasgow Rangers club of the interest from Tyneside, and that is expected to be followed up with a formal offer within the next week or so from Newcastle.
Rangers are said to want about £3M for the 26-year-old, and manager Walter Smith is said to want to cut down the size of his his squad, so it is debatable whether he would want to lose one of his better players.
However, because of the money they could get for Bougherra, Rangers may find it hard to turn down a good bid from the Magpies.
And while Newcastle need another center-half to fight it out with Bassong, Taylor and Coloccini, full backs are a much more important position to fill in January.
Bougherra was born in Longvic, France in October 1982, and so far has played 25 times for Algeria.
While it would appear that Bougherra is a decent player, we wonder if he’s being brought in more as a squad player, and there’s no evidence he plays at either full back position either.
What do you think?
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