Football’s governing body FIFA has disapproved Ranger’s striker Daniel Cousin’s proposed £3.0m to Fulham. Rangers Chief Executive Martin Bain feels disappointed at the move as he said “It’s been a frustrating time for all parties.”
The 31 year old striker from Gabon has featured in RC Lens and Rangers this season already and FIFA says that a player cannot be in more than two teams in one season. Cousin signed from Lens on a £1.1m transfer fee to Rangers this summer.
The transfer fee for Cousin between Rangers and Fulham was agreed this January and he needed FIFA’s approval for the switch. His move has been block at the moment. But it may go through this summer when the next season begins.
Bain said that FIFA’s lengthy decision was a disappointment for everyone involved in the transfer. “We are disappointed that it has taken FIFA so long to make a decision,” he said. “”We received a good offer from Fulham for the player and entered into the proposed transfer fully aware he had already made two appearances for Lens before joining Rangers. He made one start in the Intertoto Cup in July and another as a late substitute appearance against Bordeaux in the French league.”
Bain revealed that both clubs felt they had strong reasons to believe that the transfer would go through and they were disappointed in the end at FIFA’s ruling. “Daniel remains a Rangers player, fully committed to helping the club push for domestic and European success this season,” he added.
Cousin says that he is determined to help Rangers secure honours this season. “Obviously when I heard I had the opportunity to move to the Premiership and the offer was right both for myself and Rangers, it was difficult to turn down,” he said. “However, I made it clear all along that I have enjoyed my time at Rangers and I am more than happy to stay, fight for my place and help the manager and the rest of the squad compete for silverware this season.”
[By Shahnawaz Alam]
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