Reported international Rangers target dropped despite Ibrox transfer claim
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Reported international Rangers target dropped despite Ibrox transfer claim

Rangers linked Egyptian international striker Mostafa Mohamed has been dropped from Zamalek’s matchday squad after claims he handed in a transfer request.

Reports coming out of Africa yesterday claimed that Rangers had made a £500k loan bid [Daily Record] for the 22-year-old striker with a further £1.5m should the Ibrox club choose to sign him permanently.

There were claims that this was some way short of Zamalek’s valuation of the player and their president has said there is no need to sell.

“Mostafa is an important player for us who still has 18 months left on his contract. We have had a lot of interest from clubs in Europe,” said Mortada Mansour [Daily Record].

“But we have no requirement to sell the player just now.”

Angry at the decision, there are claims Mohamed handed in the request to force a move out of Egypt, Rangers or otherwise.

Now the striker – who has scored four goals in Zamalek’s last six matches including one in the 2-0 win over Aswan last time out [Transfermarkt] – has been dropped from the starting XI of the Egyptian outfit.

The news also comes as Rangers reportedly denied any interest in the powerful international, who has two caps for his home country.

The Daily Record have run a story claiming that the reports have been “played down” by the club.

It’s not the first time Rangers have been linked with a move for the striker, who was the top scorer and figurehead for the Egyptian side which won the U23 AFCON in November.

Mohamed currently turns out for Egyptian side Zamalek, for whom he has six goals this season. (Photo by Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

At the start of December leading Egyptian TV pundit, Haytham Farouk namechecked Rangers [Scottish Sun] when talking up European interest in the striker.

Whilst there are claims Rangers have denied the interest, his exclusion from the matchday squad is sure to raise questions about Mostafa Mohamed’s immediate future.