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Rangers target giant international centre-back, player benched after speaking out over exit

Rangers are pursuing Lech Poznan defender Paulus Arajuuri, according to the Polish press.

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Rangers will make a move to sign Lech Poznan centre-back Paulus Arauuri, according to the Polish press.

The giant 27-year-old defender, who has 11 caps for Finland, was left on the bench for Lech Poznan today. With Rangers and other Championship clubs linked to his signature, the player had spoken out about his desire to leave, telling the press: "It's not that I've put in a transfer request, just that everyone knew from the moment I arrived in Poznan that I've got ambitions to build my career."

The Polish press also speculate that Lech will want to cash in on the defender - his contract expires in December, and the summer represents the last opportunity to get a fee. €800k is believed to be the asking price, and Rangers might face a challenge with Bologna, Chievo, Cardiff City and Spartak Moscow all linked.

Whether Rangers will try and get the deal done now or make a move for a free transfer in the January window remains to be seen. We've seen very little of him (and Lech's defence was one of the worst in the Polish league in the first half of the season) but he could be a very interesting move.

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