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By ESPN Staff
Jul 14, 2008

Smith gives up hope on move for Shittu

Rangers boss Walter Smith will turn his attention to other targets after Watford defender Danny Shittu turned down a move to Ibrox. Smith does not expect the transfer to be revived after Nigerian centre-back Shittu rejected the terms offered by Rangers. The former QPR defender joined Watford in 2006 and Rangers had a bid thought to be £1.5million accepted by the Coca-Cola Championship side. Shittu, 27, had initially expressed willingness to move to Scotland and the deal was expected to go through. Rangers already have options in central defence, with Carlos Cuellar, David Weir, Andy Webster and Christian Dailly available to Smith, and despite missing out on Shittu they are likely to buy. Smith told Rangers World: 'There have been negotiations going on between the club and the player for quite a period of time and we have not managed to reach an agreement, so it looks as if that one is finished.' Rangers were linked with Hearts central defender Christophe Berra earlier this summer but new Jambos manager Csaba Laszlo has already stated his intentions to keep the 23-year-old at Tynecastle. After the deal for Shittu broke down, Smith was left with more concerns when midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Charlie Adam suffered injuries in a 1-0 friendly win at German fourth division side Preussen Munster.

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