Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga has told The Scottish Sun that he wants a move to Rangers in order to reunite with Mark Warburton.
Reports on Thursday broke that Rangers were interested in signing Diagouraga, with the Daily Mail suggesting that Brentford had rejected a £100,000 bid, demanding that Rangers increase their bid if they are to stand any chance of landing the midfielder.
Diagouraga, 28, worked with Warburton as a youth at Watford, before joining him at Brentford and becoming a key player at Griffin Park.
The French midfielder, who stands at 6ft 2in, has physicality and a veteran presence which Rangers are desperately lacking in midfield, so it's no surprise to see Warburton so desperate to seal the deal during this month's transfer window.
Having already landed Harry Forrester and Maciej Gostomski until the end of the season, as well as Matt Crooks and Josh Windass on pre-contract agreements, it now seems that Rangers' top priority is bringing Diagouraga to Ibrox.
Their hopes of landing Diagouraga have taken a massive boost, as the midfielder has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he wants a move to Rangers in order to reunite Warburton, who he raved about, before stating that he will be committed to Brentford until they accept a bid from Rangers.
"I’m aware of Rangers’ interest and I’m very flattered by it. I know they are a massive club and, of course, I’d be very interested in playing again for Mark," said Diagouraga. "He is someone who has been a great influence on my career and I have a lot of respect for him and David Weir."
"Last season we reached the Championship play-off semi-final and Mark and David were brilliant. I know how well they are doing at Rangers — and I am happy for them. Right now, though, it is not my decision. It is for the clubs to agree a fee. I have no say in that and until I am told differently then all of my focus will be on doing my best for Brentford. I give everything I have in every game I play."
"I have known Mark since I was 17 and we were at Watford. Then we were together at Brentford and it was fantastic to work with him. I think he is a very good manager. Mark knows me as a player as well as anyone," he added.
Will Diagouraga be a Rangers player by the end of the January transfer window?