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HAGI GERS TRANSFER RIDDLE

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LOAN star Ianis Hagi is at the centre of a Rangers transfer mystery.

Genk confirmed the 21-year-old forward had joined the Ibrox club on a permanent deal – only for the Belgian outfit to remove the announcement less than an hour later.

Steven Gerrard brought the Turkish-born son of the legendary Romanian international Gheorghe to Glasgow in January. The Light Blues have an option to buy the player who still has four years to run with his parent club.

Apparently, both teams have agreed on a fee of £3million – dropping from the original quoted figure of £5million – and the Scots hope to have him signed up on a three-year contract, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

However, Genk appeared to jump the gun as they mistakenly announced the transfer on their website.

A statement read: “Ianis Hagi definitively switches to Glasgow Rangers.

“The Scottish club has taken the purchase option for the attacking midfielder.

“KRC Genk had acquired Hagi from Romanian side Viitorul last summer, but sent him on loan to Rangers in January.

“We wish Ianis the best of luck in his further career.”

The announcement was soon taken down from Genk’s website when it became obvious an error had been made.

Rangers have yet to make an announcement of their own although the player’s agent also insisted the deal had been concluded at the weekend, as Scotzine reported.

Hagi made 12 appearances in all competitions for Gerrard’s side and impressed the Gooovan fans, especially his two-goal salvo against Portuguse side Braga in the Europa League when the Gers came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Ibrox.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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