Crewe to pounce for African
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Crewe are set to sign Algerian international defender Madjid Bougherra.Crewe are set to sign Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra.
Alexandra have finally pulled out of their bid to sign Crewe stopper Gareth McAuley and have now turned their attention Bougherra.
The 23-year-old international impressed manager Dario Gradi during a trial and now a deal has been struck with his club - French second division side FC Gueugnon.
"I'm not expecting anything further on him now," Gradi said on McAuley.
"If he and his agent are waiting for the last minute then the last minute has gone."
On Bougherra, he added: "It is still complicated because it has come through an agent and not through his club.
"At one stage he was coming on a contract, but now he's coming on loan until the end of the season as the agent didn't realise the season finished in April."