Long-term reported Rangers target lining up £8.5m Ligue 1 move – report
GENT, BELGIUM - MAY 13 : Francis Amuzu forward of RSC Anderlecht during the Jupiler Pro League Play-Off 1 match between Kaa Gent and Rsc Anderlecht at the Ghelamco Arena on May 13, 2018 in Gent, Belgium, 13/05/2018 ( Photo by Jimmy Bolcina / Photonews via Getty Images)

Long-term reported Rangers target lining up £8.5m Ligue 1 move – report

Rangers-linked Anderlecht winger Francis Amuzu is having a medical with Ligue 1 club Nice ahead of an £8.5m move, according to reports in France.

The 22-year-old Ghana-born Belgian youth international was also linked to Premier League Nottingham Forest earlier in the week but now it looks like he’s heading to Nice.

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There were reports earlier in the week that Steve Cooper’s side were preparing a £7m move for the pacey winger, who has made 156 appearances since breaking through at Anderlecht as a teenager five years ago.

Francis Amuzu has been routinely linked with a move to Ibrox over the course of the last 18 months or so with the most recent links appearing in January this year.

The reported interest stretched back as far as November 2019 amid claims Rangers were scouting the winger during an Anderlecht match.

Rangers-linked Francis Amuzu lines up Nice switch

Rangers haven’t been linked to the player this summer and if the prices involved in the transfer are to be believed, then it’s with good reason.

According to French outlet Nice-Matin, the Ligue 1 side will pay £8.5m to bring Francis Amuzu across Europe as they bolster their squad for the French top flight campaign.

This is clearly an unrealistic fee for Rangers to pay for an unproven player beyond Belgian level but it’s interesting to consider Ibrox business in the country up against those Amuzu links.

Rangers have brought Ianis Hagi (KRC Genk), Kemar Roofe (Anderlecht) and Fashion Sakala (KV Oostende) from the Belgian Pro League and it’s clearly a division Ross Wilson and co have an eye on.

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Whether Francis Amuzu was ever a genuine Ibrox target we do not know but it appears that Nice, and not Rangers or Nottingham Forest, looks set to be the winger’s next move.

Meanwhile, Rangers have announced the exit of one first-teamer who has struggled to break into the side.