Rangers-linked Algeria international Zinedine Ferhat was left out of Nimes’ matchday squad on Saturday amid continued transfer speculation.
The Gers were one of several clubs credited with interest in Ferhat in May by Foot Mercato.
It’s been suggested that Steven Gerrard’s Gers have been monitoring his situation, with a cut-price deal in the region of €5m (£4.2m) reportedly possible following Nimes’ relegation from the top-flight [Le10Sport].
Rangers appear to have been dealt several recent boosts in their alleged quest to sign the versatile midfielder, who mainly played on the right last season.
St Etienne have reportedly pulled out of the race [Hommed via Daily Record] and while he has been strongly linked with Strasbourg, Alsa Sports reported last week that the Algeria international has got ‘cold feet’ about joining the Ligue 1 club and was holding out for a higher profile move.
Amid the speculation, the 28-year-old was left out of Nimes’ matchday squad for a 3-0 win at Valenciennes in Ligue 2 on Saturday.
He had made a substitute appearance in the previous fixture against Dijon having been left out of an opening day draw with Bastia.
But he didn’t travel with the squad to Valenciennes, suggesting either that an exit is imminent or that the club is trying to make sure he avoids an injury that would ruin their chances of receiving a fee at some point between now and the end of the transfer window.
Ferhat impressed in Ligue 1 last season, scoring six goals and notching ten assists, strong tallies in a team that suffered relegation.
Prior to joining Nimes in 2019, he played for USM Alger and Le Havre. His current deal expires at the end of the season.
In other transfer news, a former Rangers attacker has joined an EFL League One club on a free transfer.