Rangers have reportedly been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Nîmes Olympique midfielder Zinedine Ferhat.
The Gers, Sassuolo and Saint-Etienne were all credited with interest in Ferhat in May by Foot Mercato.
Later that month, Midi Libre allegedly claimed that because Nîmes had suffered relegation to Ligue 2, the 28-year-old would be available for a knockdown price of €2m (£1.72m).
Ce matin dans @Midilibre, on apprend que pour Rani Assaf, Zinedine Ferhat "ne vaut pas plus de 2M€ dans le contexte actuel".
Portes ouvertes au Nîmes Olympique, qui en profitera ?
— Kevin Nieto (@Fleck_Scout) May 18, 2021
The Ibrox speculation died down in June, though, and now it’s claimed that the Gers are set to miss out.
Citing French source TER, the Daily Record asserts that Ferhat is set to stay in France this summer, with Marseille now leading the race for his signature.
While Nîmes did have a poor 2020/21 campaign, Ferhat still impressed, scoring six goals and notching ten assists in the top-flight.
He predominantly plays on the right of midfield but is fairly versatile and capable of unlocking stubborn defences.
Rangers may have hoped that the lure of potential Champions League football, which for example won’t be available at the Stade Velodrome next season, would give them an advantage over the competition here.
However, Marseille are clearly a big club and perhaps the idea of remaining in France is simply more appealing to the Algeria international.
It now looks as though Ross Wilson will have to search elsewhere if he’s to inject more creativity and quality into the Rangers squad during this window.
A former Rangers player’s transfer does look set to go through in the coming days, though, and he’s reportedly set to join a rival Premiership club.