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Derby in talks with Algeria captain Madjid Bougherra

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Algeria captain Madjid Bougherra is rumoured to be in talks with Derby County over a possible move to the iPro Stadium, reports the Daily Star on Sunday

Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Leicester City are also reported to be in talks with 31-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and Glasgow Rangers defender.

Bougherra is a free agent

Bougherra is a free agent having left Qatar side Lekhwiya in May

Bougherra is a free agent having left Qatar side Lekhwiya in May and has recently led Algeria to the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil.

Born in France, Bougherra started his career at French side Gueugnon in July 2002 and made 49 appearances, scoring once in a four years at the club.

He joined Crewe Alexandra on loan in January 2006 until the end of the season and his impressive performances led Sheffield Wednesday to pay around £300,000 for the defender.

Bougherra was a hit at Hillsborough, scoring two goals in 28 games before being sold to Charlton Athletic for £2.5m in January 2007.

The defender made 34 appearances for the Addicks but was sold to Glasgow Rangers in July 2008 for £2.5 million.

Bougherra made 81 appearances in three years at Ibrox but left to join Qatar side Lekhwiya for £1.7 million in 2011 and he helped the Red Knights win the Qatar Stars League a year later.

Despite being born in France, Bougherra opted to play for the country of his grandfather’s birth, making his debut for Algeria in a FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifier against Zimbabwe in 2004.

Since then he has gone on to made 64 appearances for Algeria, scoring four goals.


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