Bougherra reveals late U-turn
Madjid Bougherra has revealed he was close to signing for West Brom before a last-minute Rangers bid.
By Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 03/08/08 4:58pm
Madjid Bougherra has revealed that he was close to signing for West Brom before Rangers manager Walter Smith made a last-minute effort to secure his services.
The Algeria international was set to finalise a deal with the Baggies but the transfer was put on hold because chairman Jeremy Peace was not available to complete the move.
Rangers then made a late bid for the 25-year-old which saw him move to Ibrox from Charlton in a four-year deal worth £2.5million.
"At first I wanted to stay in the Premier League and I had the pen in my hand to sign," revealed Bougherra.
"Then, at the last minute, they said that the chairman wasn't here and I had to wait. So I said, okay, I would come back tomorrow.
"Then the gaffer called me up about Rangers and spoke very well with me and I chose Rangers. It was very difficult to leave England but I think this was a good choice.
"I know it's a big club, last year they won two trophies. It's a dream to come to Rangers because they play in Europe every year.
"It's the ambition of every player to play in the Champions League or the UEFA Cup, which is why I came here."
Bougherra prefers to play at centre-half but concedes that tough competition means it will be difficult to establish himself as a regular.
He added: "When you come into a team you can't say, 'I'm going to play every week.'
"They have good players so you have to prove yourself in training and give the gaffer a choice. I'll come here and do my best to play every week."