Report - Rangers make approach for Haris Belkebla, formal bid could follow
Rangers have made an approach for Algeria international midfielder Haris Belkebla, according to L’Equipe.
The 26-year-old currently plies his trade for French side Brest, and is under contract until 2022.
But the Gers are said to be keen on the attack-minded talent, and are understood to have made their interest known to his current employers.
RC Lens are also said to be interested in the player, who made 23 top flight appearances this season without registering a goal or an assist.
But the report suggests that Rangers are willing to push ahead quickly with a firm bid.
Belkebla has previously courted controversy in the past after being kicked out of the Algerian national squad last year.
The midfielder was dropped by manager Djamel Belmadi after he flashed his backside on a live Twitch stream of a teammate playing Fortnite.
Would Belkebla be a good signing for Rangers?
On first glance, the 26-year-old leaves a lot to be desired.
No goals this season, coupled with his paltry tally of one in 59 overall outings for Brest, is hardly something write home about.
Dig a little deeper, however, and Belkabla actually looks like a decent talent.
This season, his pass completion rate of 88.4% was higher than Joe Aribo’s, while his dribble success rate was also 13.1% higher than the Ibrox man’s, as per Wyscout.
He also won a higher percentage of his duels, made more interceptions per 90 minutes, and had a superior total action success rate.
Of course, you would hope that he could provide a little more in terms of goals and assists, but if Gerrard is looking for a dependable presence in the centre of the park who can turn his hand to pretty much anything, he could probably do a lot worse than the Algerian.
If the fee is right, this could be a smart move.
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