Dean Smith reacts to Rangers' Diagouraga bid, claims midfielder's Ibrox move isn't close

Griffin Park entrance, Brentford

Brentford boss Dean Smith says Rangers are some way off their valuation of Toumani Diagouraga.

Brentford boss Dean Smith says Rangers are some way off their asking price for midfielder Toumani Diagouraga, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

Smith watched his Bees side crash out of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, as they lost 1-0 at home to Walsall, the club he left for Griffin Park back in November.

One interesting sub-plot from the game was that midfielder Toumani Diagouraga was left out of the squad completely, just days after speculation over a move to Rangers hit the headlines.

Diagouraga, 28, worked with Gers boss Mark Warburton at Watford as a youth before reuniting at Brentford, and it seems that Warburton wants to work with the Frenchman again.

A strong, experienced defensive midfielder, Diagouraga is just what Rangers are looking for to aid their push for promotion this season, but Brentford are so far standing firm over their valuation of the player.

The Daily Record had suggested on Friday that Rangers were hoping to secure a £500,000 deal for Diagouraga, having initially had a £100,000 bid rejected for the player, according to the Daily Mail - but Friday ended with no transfer in place.

Now, Brentford boss Smith has stated that Rangers are some way off their valuation of Diagouraga, and no deal is close between the two clubs, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

"Yes they are," said Smith, when asked whether Rangers were short with their bid. "Until someone reaches the valuation of this club, there is nothing to talk about as far as I am concerned," he added.

Diagouraga told The Scottish Sun earlier this weekend that he wants a reunion with Warburton at Rangers, so it's somewhat hard to see the transfer window closing without him sealing his move to Ibrox - but the Gers may have to spend big to land their top target.

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