Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Why Thome Is Keen on Ibrox

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Why Thome Is Keen on Ibrox

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Byline: By Lisa Grey

Emerson Thome has revealed how Sunderland team-mates Tore Andre Flo and Claudio Reyna convinced him to try to win a move to Rangers.

The defender is on trial with the Ibrox side this week in a bid to impress manager Alex McLeish and be offered a contract ahead of the new season.

Thome said: "I have spoken to Tore and Claudio and they insist I should grab the chance of playing for Rangers with both hands.

"I am friendly with them and trust their judgement. Tore told me he recommended me to the club last season.

"He said he was not just talking me up so I was delighted he did that. Tore also told me Rangers are a great club and one I should try to join if I could.

"Claudio said much the same thing. He made it clear he has nothing but the utmost respect for Rangers and also encouraged me to try to win a contract which I hope I can manage to do this week."

The Brazilian has been told he has no future at the Stadium of Light after returning from injury and he turned to Black Cats team-mates Flo and Reyna for advice about the Glasgow club. …

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