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Last Updated: Monday, 30 July 2007, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
Striker Cousin on Rangers' radar
Lens striker Daniel Cousin
Daniel Cousin has fallen out of favour with his French club
Rangers are tracking Lens striker Daniel Cousin, although they have not yet made an approach for the 30-year-old Gabon international.

The player's agent has claimed a bid has been made but BBC Sport understands that is not the case.

"Daniel is looking to leave Lens and he is interested in joining Rangers and playing in the Champions League," Willie McKay told skysports.com.

"Daniel is a big, strong target man. I believe he would thrive in Britain."

Cousin has scored 26 goals in three seasons for Lens but only hit the target four times last term and has fallen out of favour with the French club.

Lens are reported to looking for a 1.5m fee for the player who is keen for a move to Glasgow.

"I am really excited about this opportunity and all I want to do is get to Scotland and sign for Rangers," he told the Daily Record.

"I am ready to go right now, but first the clubs must reach an agreement.

"I know there are already some French players in the team - guys such as jean-Claude Darcheville and Brahim Hemdani - and I would like to join them there.

"I feel my style of play would be really suited to Scottish football."

Meanwhile, Nacho Novo hopes that his goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Chelsea will ensure a starting place against Zeta in the Champions League qualifier at Ibrox.

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"I don't know if I turned the game when I scored, but the team worked really hard together," the striker said. "I think the team did brilliantly.

"It's a difficult thing to get a starting place, because there's a lot of competition here.

"I hope to play on Tuesday - I worked hard for that."

Novo heads into the final year of his contract knowing he needs to rediscover the kind of form he showed in his debut season if he wants to extend his stay at Rangers beyond next summer.

But the little Spaniard is renowned for his work rate at Ibrox and, as far as he is concerned, it will be business as usual again this season.

"The manager has made a lot of signings, so if you let your standard go down you're going to be out," he said.

"I don't think I need to prove anything. I just think I need to work hard and try to do my best. I always give everything."

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