Rangers open talks over personal terms with South African star as they close in on signing

Rangers have stepped closer to finalising a move for South African international Bongani Zungu after opening contract talks with the Amiens midfielder.
Amiens' Bongani Zungu is in talks over a move to RangersAmiens' Bongani Zungu is in talks over a move to Rangers
Amiens' Bongani Zungu is in talks over a move to Rangers

The Scotsman revealed earlier this month that Zungu was keen to join Steven Gerrard’s side following Amiens’ relegation from Ligue 1, and that talks were ongoing between the two clubs as they looked to get a deal over the line.

Now, with matters having progressed since then, the Gers have been given the go-ahead to discuss personal terms with Zungu, and are offering him a long-term deal at Ibrox that could potentially run beyond the 27-year-old’s 30th birthday.

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It is thought that Gerrard’s side would need to have made an offer in the region of €4million (around £3.6m) in order to persuade his current French employers to sell, and the progression into personal talks would suggest that there is now at least a preliminary club-to-club agreement.

Zungu, who played for the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns and Vitoria Guimaraes prior to joining Amiens, was a key figure for Bafana Bafana in last year’s African Cup of Nations are they reached the quarter-finals of the competition, scoring twice for Stuart Baxter’s side against both Namibia and Nigeria.

Should, as is expected, personal terms are agreed between Zungu and the club, then he’ll be expected in Scotland shortly after. For now he remains training with Amiens, but is believed to be extremely excited at the prospect of playing for a club of Rangers stature and under the tutelage of a midfield legend like Gerrard.

The former Liverpool star is keen to boost his midfield options at Ibrox, and Zungu’s box-to-box attributes have caught the eye.

Zungu left African giants Mamelodi Sundowns for Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal, before finding his way to Amiens in Ligue 1. A move to Mallorca in La Liga fell through earlier this year,but he now appears to be on his way to Glasgow.

Gerrard has already added to his squad this summer with the signings of Ianis Hagi, Calvin Bassey and goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin. He has been linked in recent days with another raid on France, for Bordeaux’s Nigeria international striker Josh Maja.

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