The former manager of Egyptian side Zamalek has claimed that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard called him personally with a view to moving for Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed.

Rangers were linked with a move for the 22-year-old striker at the beginning of December [Scottish Sun] as the club looked to bolster their strike force for the title run-in.

But Serbian boss Milutin Sredojevic – who lasted just four months in Egypt – claims Gerrard was “very keen indeed” to sign the talented forward.

Milutin Sredojevic claims Rangers boss Steven Gerrard called him personally about Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed. (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Steven Gerrard called me personally to ask about Mostafa Mohamed. He wanted to know what he was like as a player and at training,” said Sredojevic [Daily Record], who is now in charge of Zambia.

“But Zamalek made it very difficult for the transfer to go through because they don’t want to looked at as a selling club.

“So the transfer never happened, but Steven Gerrard was very keen indeed for the move to go through.

“Mostafa is a player with a bright future. He is an incredible talent who will of course go to Europe one day soon.”

It’s a glowing reference from Sredojevic and at the very least shows that Rangers were being creative in identifying and securing their targets.

Mohamed is a powerful striker who first gained attention for his performances with Egypt in the 2019 U23 AFCON competition.

The striker has hit eight goals in 24 games this season for Zamalek [Transfermarkt] and it will be interesting to see if Rangers reignite any interest in the future.

The Ibrox club was said to have placed a £500k bid for Mohamed with Zamalek reportedly slapping a £5m price tag on the player’s head [Scottish Sun] to ward off interest.

DOHA, QATAR – FEBRUARY 14: Mostafa Mohamed of Zamalek celebrates with trophy at the end of the CAF Super Cup Final between Egypt’s Zamalek and Tunisia’s Esperance at Thani Bin Jassim Stadium in Doha, Qatar on February 14, 2020. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Ibrox club has also been linked with a €6-9m move for an Austrian striker [Robin Bairner] currently plying his trade in the French second tier.

Talismanic Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos has been linked with eight clubs already [Goal] ahead of the summer transfer window.

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