Rangers-linked striker Mostafa Mohamed is set to seal a permanent £3m transfer to Galatasaray after impressing on loan from Zamalek [Fanatik].
In January last year, the Gers reportedly made a loan bid for Mohamed who then allegedly handed in a transfer request [Daily Record].
Later in the year, former Zamalek manager Milutin Sredojevic claimed that Steven Gerrard had been very keen for a deal to be done [Daily Record].
Yet, it was actually Galatasaray that the 23-year-old joined on a long-term loan deal, around a month after the Gers had initially been credited with interest.
Since then, he’s scored 11 goals in 31 appearances and Fanatik now reports that the Istanbul club want to activate their option to sign him permanently for $4m (approx £3m).
It’s asserted that although there were question marks over his attitude, he’s shown better application in training in recent times and after he netted a brace in a win at Rizespor last weekend, manager Fatih Terim decided to keep him.
Rangers-linked striker set to seal £3m transfer to Galatasaray
Had Galatasaray opted against signing Mohamed, perhaps Rangers would have been tempted to explore signing him from Zamalek in January.
However, he hadn’t scored in 13 appearances in all competitions this season prior to his recent Super Lig brace and the previous question marks about his attitude suggest that this may have been a deal to avoid anyway given the money involved.
Terim will hope the Egypt international can deliver the volume of goals that would fire his eighth-placed side up the table over the coming weeks and months, while Gerrard relies on Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos and Fashion Sakala to keep the Gers ahead of the chasing pack in Scotland.
In other news, a Rangers star made a costly mistake in an embarrassing World Cup Qualifying defeat on Thursday.