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Wednesday, 3 April, 2002, 19:34 GMT 20:34 UK
McLeish admits Eto'o interest
Samuel Eto'o in action for Cameroon against Senegal
Samuel Eto'o in action for Cameroon against Senegal
Rangers are interested in signing Real Mallorca striker Samuel Eto'o.

But the Scottish club's manager, Alex McLeish, insists that the Cameroon international is not their top signing priority.

Eto'o was watched by McLeish's assistant, Andy Watson, during the Africans' friendly against Argentina last week and impressed the Glasgow club.

McLeish told Rangers' official website: "Samuel Eto'o is a player I like, but there are a lot of players out there that I like.

"He is not the number one target.

It is not certain that we would go for Eto'o
Rangers boss Alex McLeish
"There were a number of excellent players on show in the Cameroon-Argentina game which Andy watched, including Marc-Vivien Foe, who is a midfield player.

"There are a lot of players out there who we would love to bring to Rangers, but we will do it when the time is right."

Rangers chairman David Murray has made it clear that the club would also have to sell players before they could finance a move for any player.

"What I would say is that, if we were clear to go out and splash out on the transfer market, it is not certain that we would go for Eto'o," said McLeish.

Eto'o's agent, Willie McKay, told BBC Sport Online that Rangers would face competition for the signature of the 21-year-old, who is keen to play in the English Premiership.

"There are five or six clubs from England going to watch him against Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday, in addition to Rangers," he said.

Eto'o is a regular in the Cameroon national team and helped guide them to victory in this year's African Nations Cup.

He also helped Real Mallorca to third place in the Spanish Primera Liga last season, handing them a Champions League spot for the first time in the club's history.

Mallorca have struggled this year, though, and are still involved in a relegation battle.

They are also understood to be struggling financially and would be prepared to sell one of their most valuable assets.

Eto'o was bought from Real Madrid for £4.6m after spending a year on loan at Mallorca.

His present club would want at least £6m for the striker.

One player Rangers have signed is Lorient youngster Ludwig Norbert.

The 18-year-old right midfielder has been given until the end of the season to sufficently impress the Rangers management.

He made his debut for the under-21s against Celtic on Monday and could earn himself a longer contract if he does enough in the remaining under-21 and under-18 games.

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