Race hots up for N'Guessan signing

Last updated : 18 January 2007 By Richard Brown

After meeting with club officials in Glasgow, 19-year old N'Guessan is believed to have been told his future lies away from Ibrox.

The news – first broke in yesterday's Lincolnshire Echo – appears to have sparked much interest from ‘several' clubs, all roused by the player's availability.

Despite the identities of the other clubs interested being disguised, one would assume that they are of a similar level to that of our own, making predicting the striker's eventual destination an impossible task, at this time.

The Imps are, however, known to have submitted an offer, with a nominal fee believed to have been made to secure the player's services.

Now awaiting a decision from the Glasgow club, City are said to be ‘hopeful' of landing the Frenchman despite reported interest from elsewhere.

“Rangers asked us for a ‘fair' proposal for the player, but they (Rangers) haven't given an indication of when they might make a decision,” said City Director of Football John Deehan, speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo today.

"It would appear we are not the only club interested in Dany and I believe they are taking the time to discuss all the options with the boy.

"As soon as I can, I will speak to his agent and see if we can iron out some details.

Given City's excellent reputation for nurturing young talent, N'Guessan could do worse than agreeing terms at Sincil Bank – a statement upheld by Deehan.

"I would like to think he will choose us and further his career here,” continued the former Aston Villa boss.

"I think because he is a foreign player, Rangers have a care of duty and it is right, fair and proper for him to be given all the different possibilities before making a decision."

The striker has spent the first half of the season on-loan at City's near-neighbours Boston United.

For a comprehensive look at the career of young Dany N'Guessan, click here.