Fulham target Cousin relieved over Rangers stay

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Six weeks of negotiation ended in frustration for Fulham over the weekend when FIFA finally blocked Cousin's transfer despite the two clubs having agreed a fee.

The Gabon international striker has already played for two clubs this season, Rangers and French side Lens, and FIFA rules forbid a player appearing for a third side.

The world governing body's decision is another blow to Roy Hodgson's struggling side whose inability to score goals - Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Manchester United means they have managed two in their last six Premier League games - is the principle reason why relegation is looming.

FIFA's decision was also expected to disappoint Cousin who had expressed a strong desire to join the Cottagers while training with Hodgson's squad during the January transfer window.

However, with Rangers still chasing trophies on four fronts and Fulham looking increasingly likely to lose their Premier League status, 31-year-old Cousin has changed his tune.

His agent, Willie Mackay, revealed: "The truth is we're glad the saga is all over. In fact, Daniel has already spoken to Rangers manager Walter Smith and told him he'd prefer to stay at Ibrox rather than go to Fulham. He thought at first that going to the Premiership would be a big opportunity for him, but he has realised he has a far greater chance of achieving success at a club like Rangers."

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