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RANGERS have been foiled in a bid to land Chinese World Cup star Qu Bo.


Express Sport can reveal that Walter Smith had hoped to bring the international striker over on trial but that move has been blocked by his club, Qingdao.


The Chinese Super League club had initially given their 27-year-old striker permission to travel to Scotland but that agreement has now fallen through due to Rangers and Qingdao's new season commitments.


Rangers wrote personally to issue the invitation to Qu Bo and hoped to get him over after China's Asian Cup campaign but that has now collapsed.


His club are keen to cash-in on their �£1 million-rated star but the timing meant that the Ibrox trial was going to run too close to the Chinese signing deadline and Qingdao don't think they had enough time to find a suitable replacement.


Qu Bo has been told that he can come over on trial in November but now the frontman, who can also play wide on the right, faces an anxious wait to see if Walter Smith will go back in for him.


The Chinese star is seen as his country's top frontman and played in all three World Cup games back in 2002 against Brazil, Turkey and Costa Rica.


Not long after that he had a successful trial at Tottenham where he was offered a contract but it collapsed because of work permit problems.


Former Rangers boss Graeme Souness at Blackburn was also keen on him but he also failed to get a work permit but since then Qu Bo has played in enough domestic and international games to meet the strict British criteria.


If Rangers do keep the door open for him then he could become the third Chinese professional to play in the SPL after Du Wei's infamous stop-off at Celtic and Fan Zhiyi also has a brief spell at Dundee.


Rangers, though, are aware there could be a massive commercial spin-off if they do decide to take a chance on Qu Bo.

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I think anyone could count on one hand how many Chinese players have been decent at most in Europe and they may a finger or 2 spare.


They just arent suited to the British game.


Asian football is improving and they are good techinically - the Japs are most advanced - but they are built like tooth picks and get knocked over rather easy.

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