Abdoulaye Sissako ‘in Rangers transfer talks’ as chase heats up for Zulte Waregem free agent

Premiership champions Rangers have entered into talks with midfield enforcer Abdoulaye Sissako and are favourites to snap up the Zulte Waregem star.

The 23-year-old is reportedly on their radar is out of contract at the end of the season and would cost nothing.

And reports in Belgium have suggested Sissako has already started negotiations with the Europa League semi-finalists and is close to agreeing on a move to the Premiership.

Sissako has an option for a further year at Zulte Waregem, but he wants to move on after the Flanders outfit finished third bottom of the league.

He came through the youth system at Auxerre and joined Zulte Waregem three years ago. He is the older brother of former PSG defender Moussa Sissako, who currently also plays in Belgium with Standard Liege.

Sissako has made 19 appearances for Zulte Waregem this season and scored twice. He was linked with a move to Panathinaikos in January, but the move to Greece fell through.

He missed a chunk of the end of last season because of a lung infection, but returned to play a big part this term in Belgium and has scored twice so far this term.

Zulte Waregem have stated they wanted to persuade Sissako to sign a new deal with them. Former boss Francky Dury, who has since been sacked, said earlier this season: “We continue to hold talks with Abdoulaye and hope we can agree a new contract.

“He was in the Frence youth teams when he was younger and you can see that with the way he plays. He’s an excellent player and we hope he stays.”

However, Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is already planning for next season and sees Sissako as a bargain for the new campaign.

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