In a possible boost for Rangers, Ibrox-linked playmaker Zinedine Ferhat’s ‘advanced talks’ with Strasbourg have reportedly broken down [Le10Sport].
The Gers were one of several clubs credited with interest in Ferhat in May by Foot Mercato.
Despite Nimes’ relegation from Ligue 1 last season, the attacking midfielder had a strong campaign, scoring six goals and notching ten assists.
It’s been suggested that Steven Gerrard’s Gers have been monitoring his situation with a cut-price deal possible.
Earlier this month, citing French outlet TER, the Daily Record asserted that the 28-year-old was likely to stay in France, but his options there now appear to be dwindling.
St Etienne reportedly pulled out of the running over the weekend [Hommed via Daily Record] and now ‘advanced talks’ with another top-flight side, Strasbourg, have reportedly collapsed.
Le10Sport claim that personal terms proved to be a sticking point and that he’s no longer likely to move to Les Coureurs.
Ferhat has previously been linked to Marseille, while both Lille and Lyon are also said to be interested but may only be able to swoop if they sell players first.
Therefore, if Rangers are still as keen as they were said to be earlier in the summer, this could be the perfect time to table a bid.
Ferhat isn’t as youthful as many of the other players the Gers have been linked with but he has experience of playing at a very good level.
What’s more, he has been described as ‘fast, technical and punchy’ and should cost less than €5m (£4.27m).