Cameroon international Frank Boya has admitted that he turned down the chance to join Rangers before moving to Antwerp in June, in quotes reported by the Daily Record.
The Scottish Premiership giants have already been linked with two Jupiler League stars in recent weeks.
TEAMtalk suggests that Saido Berahino could be on his way back to Britain after getting his stuttering career back on track at Zulte Waregam.
A jet-heeled who has been compared to Gareth Bale in the land of chocolates and moustacheod detectives has been tipped to join Steven Gerrard’s squad too, with Voetbal naming Manuel Benson as another potential target.
Rangers’ interest in Boya, however, appeared to pass all of us by.
The 24-year-old enforcer admits that the Glasgow giants tried to sign him last month – but that is the first we, or anyone else, has heard about secretive talks which appear to have been held in the shadows.
“I had no shortage of offers and Rangers and Werder Bremen were the most keen for me to join them,” explains Boya.
“So leaving Belgium could have been a solution, but I wanted my future to be settled quickly and none of the teams interested have as much ambitions as at Antwerp.
“As soon as I moved here, I knew it was the right decision. The staff here integrated me from my first day and my new team mates have been a huge help.”
Boya joined Antwerp from Jupiler League rivals Mouscron on a free transfer, having scored twice and provided one assist in 30 matches during 2019/20.
Interestingly, he is not the only deep-lying midfielder on Rangers’ hitlist with Bongani Zungu of Amiens emerging as a target in recent weeks (FranceFootball).
Clearly, Gerrard wants more quality and quantity in the centre of the park.