Rangers have reportedly made an approach for Nimes winger Zinedine Ferhat ahead of the transfer window, which could prove to be a huge boost for Steven Gerrard ahead of next season should the 28-year-old complete a move to Ibrox this summer.
Rangers were initially linked with the Algerian by French news outlet Foot Mercato earlier this month and it has now been claimed that the Ibrox outfit have made an official approach as they look to prise him away from the Ligue 1 side, who recently lost their battle against top-flight relegation.
A source has claimed [via Rangers Vital]: “I was able to approach a source at Nimes. The source at Nimes asked not to be identified (understandably) and confirmed that the report from Foot Mercato was legitimate. Rangers have definitely made an approach for Ferhat.
“However, the midfielder already has other teams in France interested in him, and according to him, Rangers will need to make a substantial offer to get him. The plus side for any team approaching is that the player’s contract will expire next season, and there is a chance Nimes is relegated to Ligue 2.”
The 28-year-old winger has enjoyed a superb campaign in the French top flight but he was unable to save Nimes from relegation, which suggests that he will likely depart Stade des Costières this summer.
In 33 league appearances, Ferhat contributed an impressive six goals and 10 assists, helping him earn an impressive 7.21 average match rating from WhoScored.
This has been his best goalscoring season to date, with just 29 senior goals in his career. However, he has consistently shown that he is capable of getting assists, contributing 20 for Le Havre in the 2017/18 season, so he could definitely be a threat in Gerrard’s side if he moves to Ibrox.
Transfermarkt currently values Ferhat at £7.2m, which suggests that he won’t come cheap, but Gerrard will undoubtedly be looking to add players with Champions League quality to his side ahead of next season. Given that Ferhat is joint-top of the assists chart in Ligue 1 this season, despite playing in a relegated side, it seems that he would be a stellar addition at Ibrox.
Therefore, if Ross Wilson has indeed made an official approach for him, then Gerrard could be on track to receive a huge boost to his squad in the coming weeks.
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