Glasgow Rangers manager Walter Smith is reportedly interested in taking Bolton Wanderers defender Danny Shittu to Ibrox on a free transfer, according the Daily Mirror. Smith sees the giant 29 year old Nigerian international as an ideal addition to his defence in Rangers’ quest to secure a second successive Scottish Premier League title.
Owen Coyle is thought to be happy to allow the player to leave the club, however, there could be a stumbling block over fees owed to the player. If Bolton terminate Shittu’s contract early, the player will demand Bolton pay up the rest of his contract before a move is agreed. With former Old Firm rival Gordan Strachan also reportedly interested in taking the player to Middlesbrough on loan, Smith may be denied Shittu’s services a second time. Smith attempted to sign the player in July 2008, but failed to agree terms with the player after Watford and Rangers agreed a deal worth £1.5 million for the player. However, it is understood that Rangers will meet the players hefty wage demands this time around.
Bolton fans have never taken Shittu, who joined the club in August 2008 from Watford in a deal worth £2million, plus add-ons. The former Charlton Athletic and Watford player has failed to make an appearance for Bolton this season, and managed just 10 Premier League outings last term, scoring 1 goal. Rangers have until 12am to sign the player, with the Scottish transfer window closing 7 hours after the official deadline of 5pm in the English Premier League.
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