Arsenal Linked With Move for Rangers Centre Back Madjid Bougherra

Emirates boss interested in Ibrox defender.

Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra has turned down a two-year contract extension and expects to leave Ibrox in the summer.

The Algeria international, who signed from Charlton in July 2008, has one year remaining on his current deal, but wishes to return to England.

“Rangers offered me a chance to extend my contract by another two years, but I politely refused,” said Bougherra.

“I have spent three wonderful years in Glasgow and I want a new challenge.”

Source: BBC Sport

This news has strengthened speculation that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may pursue his interest in the tough tackling Algerian international. The 28 year old centre back is now in his third season at Ibrox and is a crowd favourite at the Glasgow outfit but it seems the former Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday man is ready to return to England.

Wenger has reportedly shown interest in the big defender in the past and has made it clear he is looking for further defensive options to beef up his back line. Summer signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci have not had the greatest starts to their Premier League careers and Thomas Vermaelen is a long term injury worry.

Wenger has been strongly linked with moves for Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka but the asking price for both has proven a problem and the Gunners boss is far more likely to make a move for a cheaper more understated option and this has merely led to increased speculation of interest in Bougherra who it seems will certainly be leaving Rangers this summer.

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