Glasgow Rangers have potentially been handed a massive boost ahead of their Europa League tie with Galatasaray on Thursday, with Younes Belhanda close to a move to Nice according to A Spor.
Midfielder Belhanda used to play for the French side, and he could be about to make a return to his former club.
It is reported that the Ligue 1 team will pay a fee in the region of €7m (£6.4m), with Belhanda one of the big earners at the club and therefore having drawn criticism.
During his time in Turkey, Belhanda’s performances have been mixed. In 108 games, he has managed 16 goals and 23 assists, but as the report states, some feel that the 50-time Morocco international does not contribute as much as he should given the wage he takes home – he is said to be earning €4m (£3.7m) a year with Gala.
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On his day, though, he can be a fantastic player, as he often showed during the 2011/12 season as his 12 goals and six assists in Ligue 1 helped Montpellier to an unlikely title. Whilst this interest does not mean that he will not play on Thursday, his absence is obviously a possibility. And even if he does appear, his mind could be elsewhere. Steven Gerrard will not be relying on his opponents’ problems in their attempts to make the group stage, but this kind of situation certainly won’t harm his and the Gers’ cause.
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