Madjid Bougherra eyeing move to Premiership

RANGERS defender Madjid Bougherra has hinted that his future may lie from Ibrox following reports that he is keen to test himself again in the Premiership.

The 27-year-old Algeria centre-half played against England in their goaless draw during the group stages of the World Cup in Cape Town.

Bougherra has spent the past two seasons with Rangers, helping them win the Scottish Premier League title from Old Firm rivals Celtic.

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However, the former Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton defender admits a move south of the border is appealing, with both Liverpool and Arsenal reported to be interested.

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

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

"I am tired after the World Cup, so I want to have a holiday and recharge for next season."

Bougherra, who joined Rangers for 2.5million during January 2007, added: "I would choose the Premier League if I had a choice, I love the English mentality and their football is the best.

"I want to test myself against the likes of (Wayne) Rooney, (Didier) Drogba, (Fernando) Torres and (Emmanuel) Adebayor as those guys let you know what level you are at.

"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."