Apparent Rangers transfer boost as Ibrox-linked star gets 'cold feet' over Euro switch - report
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Apparent Rangers boost as Ibrox-linked star gets 'cold feet' over proposed Ligue 1 move - report

In an apparent transfer boost for Rangers, Ibrox-linked Nîmes midfielder Zinedine Ferhat has reportedly got ‘cold feet’ over a proposed move to Ligue 1 side Strasbourg [Alsa Sports].

The Gers were one of several clubs credited with interest in Ferhat in May by Foot Mercato.

Rangers have been linked with Ferhat for some time and may have been handed a boost by his reported reluctance to join Ligue 1 club Strasbourg. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s been suggested that Steven Gerrard’s Gers have been monitoring his situation with a cut-price deal possible following Nîmes’ relegation from the French top flight.


In July, the Daily Record asserted that the 28-year-old was likely to stay in France.

However, the odds now look to be shifting slightly more in Rangers’ favour.

St Etienne have since reportedly pulled out of the running [Hommed via Daily Record] and while he has only played five minutes of Nîmes’ first two Ligue 2 matches of the season amid strong links to Strasbourg, Alsa Sports reports that the Algeria international has got ‘cold feet’ about joining the top-flight club.

It’s asserted that while a move is still possible, Ferhat is ‘unconvinced’ and wants to hold out for a more ‘upscale’ move.

Ferhat celebrates netting against Metz in May. (Photo by JEAN CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Ibrox would certainly be a higher profile destination, particularly if there’s Champions League football on offer, so successfully qualifying for the competition proper in the coming weeks could help the Gers’ chances.

Ferhat returned impressive stats in a team that struggled last season, notching six goals and ten assists in Ligue 1, and his ability to play in several different positions may be particularly appealing to Gerrard.

A previous report from Le10Sport suggested that he could cost somewhere in the region of €5m (£4.3m).

In other transfer news, Rangers and Celtic reportedly lead the race to sign a winger at a knockdown price.

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