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Abdoulaye Sissako to Rangers: ‘Excellent’ midfielder on radar, no fee required, lung infection, clue to possible exits

The 23-year-old midfielder is one of the most sought-after players for Zulte Waregem, who play in the Belgian Pro League, and is attracting interest from other clubs with his contract expiring this summer.

While Sissako has an option for a further year in Flanders, reports suggest the former Auxerre youngster is keen to move on. Zulte Waregem had a poor season, finishing third in their league.

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Sissako, who moved to Zulte Waregem from French side Chateauroux in 2019 and represented France at Under-19 level, missed part of the season with a lung infection but is now fully fit and has produced a series of good performances to catch the eye of Rangers.

Greek outfit Panathinaikos attempted to sign Sissako in January and are set to launch another offer, but reports in Belgium suggest Rangers are in pole position to sign him.

Sissako’s former manager Francky Dury said earlier this year: “We are continuing to talk with Abdoulaye and hope to be able to agree a new contract.

“He was in the France youth teams when he was younger and it shows in the way he plays. He’s a great player and we hope he stays.”

Sissako’s best position is in a midfield role, although he can also contribute in an attacking sense.

Abdoulaye Sissako, right, has been linked with a move to Rangers.

With Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo constantly linked with a move to the English Premier League and veterans Scott Arfield and Steven Davis out of contract this summer, Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is looking to strengthen his midfield and has deployed scouts to Belgium and in the Netherlands earlier. this year to explore this market.

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