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25th Jan, 2018 | 3:56pm

Report: Top-flight side make emphatic January decision on Rangers international

Rangers defender Bruno Alves is set to stay at Ibrox this transfer window after it emerged that Italian side Benevento had turned their attention elsewhere, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun have revealed that the Serie A side, who are bottom of the league, are now interested in signing ex-Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna instead as they make a bid to stay in the division.
Alves was thought to be keen on a return to Italy after previously playing for Cagliari but due to the Portuguese defender’s injury history, Benevento have sought other options.
It now looks likely that the 36-year-old will remain in Glasgow until the end of the season, having already made 18 outings for the Gers this campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
This could be another boost for the Gers manager Graeme Murty, who has already welcomed a host of new names this transfer window, and Alves staying is another experienced head the recent arrivals can turn to. At 36, the Portuguese defender knows his playing time is limited but he is also keen to make a final stand for Portugal at this summers World Cup in Russia so when he is fit and ready, the Gers will know they are getting a fully committed professional. Alves did not feature for Rangers as the side beat Aberdeen 2-0 on Wednesday night but at least Murty knows he can turn to the centre-back if and when needed.
In other Rangers transfer news, Murty confirms new arrivals could materialise within days.
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