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Rangers Withdraw from Kerkar Deal


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Rangers have decided against signing Salim Kerkar after his former club, Gueugnon, demanded £300,000 for the French-Algerian winger.

The 23-year-old impressed on trial with the Scottish champions.

But Rangers manager Walter Smith said: "We can't get a decision from Fifa in terms of compensation.

"Gueugnon have released him, but they are still claiming compensation. So, while this situation remains the same, we won't be taking him."

Kerkar left the French second-tier club in the summer and Rangers had hoped to complete the move in September.

He returned to Gueugnon earlier this month in an attempt to resolve the problem with his former club, who say they are due compensation because of his age.

But Rangers, who say they were under the impression that the midfielder was a free agent, have announced that they have pulled out of the deal.

And they say Kerkar will now have to search again for a new club.

Smith had said the younger brother of former Manchester City, Clyde and Dundee United midfielder Karim Kerkar would give him extra options in wide areas.

However, while this week bemoaning the size of his squad, the Rangers manager indicated that he was unlikely to have funds to strengthen it when the transfer window opens in January.

Bank restrictions had meant that Smith was unable buy players for nearly two years until that was relaxed this summer, with £4m being paid to sign Nikica Jelavic from Rapid Vienna.

However, while Rangers recently announced that they had reduced their debt burden, the prospect of paying compensation for Kerkar has put paid to the winger's hopes of signing for the Glasgow club.


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Surely this is a legal matter concerning any contract Kerkar may have signed with the French Club.Then the resolution would be fairly simple given the terms of the contract.If it is something else then Kerkar needs to resolve it with the Club or appeal to the EU Human Rights Commission as from the little we know the French Club seem to be unreasonably stopping him from getting future employment.Maybe Rangers are employing that tactic by saying they no longer wish to sign him.Wouldnt surprise me if it is all back on again in a few weeks.

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Big Bougherra wont be happy. Neither will Salim. What a shambles. Shouldnt we have checked this out before taking the boy on trial for months? With the amount of business Bain and Murray do in France, one would have thought they could have got in touch with his former club ages ago.

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