Rangers are reportedly interested in Nimes winger Zinedine Ferhat, and should he arrive at Ibrox this summer, he could be the man to replace Ianis Hagi in Steven Gerrard’s side.
According to French news outlet Foot Mercato (via Daily Record), Rangers and Sassuolo are keen on signing the Algerian, who has impressed in Ligue 1 this season despite Nimes’ likely relegation to the second tier.
The report suggested that both Gerrard and Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson are ‘hell bent’ on signing the 28-year-old, and considering that Nimes are second-bottom in the French top flight, a summer exit looks likely for Ferhat.
So far this season, the versatile attacker has contributed an impressive six goals and 10 assists in 32 Ligue 1 appearances, which has helped him average a fine 7.25 rating from WhoScored. This comfortably ranks him as Nimes’ best performer so far in 2020/21, so it is easy to see why Rangers might be keen on adding him to their squad ahead of next term.
If he were to make the move to Ibrox, then he could potentially arrive as a replacement for Hagi, who has been heavily linked with a move away in recent weeks, with the likes of Lazio and Sevilla among his suitors.
It could prove difficult to keep the Romania international should either of those clubs meet his asking price, despite the success he has enjoyed during his brief time at Ibrox.
Both Ferhat and Hagi are predominantly deployed on the right wing, although the Algerian looks to be a lot more versatile than the 22-year-old Rangers man, as he has featured in a number of positions in attack and midfield throughout his career, even filling in at right-back on numerous occasions.
With such versatility and an impressive goal contributions tally, he seems to be the sort of player who Gerrard would love to have in his squad ahead of next season. Whilst his arrival could prove to be a catalyst in Hagi’s departure, his statistics this season suggest that he would be an excellent addition at Ibrox, so Wilson should definitely be looking to bring him in.