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It is believed that Zinedine Ferhat will be allowed to leave Ligue 2 outfit Nimes for free in January after Scottish Premiership giants Rangers expressed an interest, as reported by Objectif Gard. 

When it comes to mid-season transfers, the Glasgow giants tend to get their business done early, snapping up both Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara within days of the window opening back in 2019. 

But even by their standards, Rangers are leaving nothing to chance this time around.  

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According to TEAMtalk, Steven Gerrard’s side are closing in on a deal that will see Blackburn Rovers’ mercurial midfielder Joe Rothwell ink a pre-contract arrangement with the club on January 1. 

And with Algerian international Ferhat also set to become a free agent in the summer of 2022, Rangers may also be tempted to renew their interest in a player who was first linked with a £4 million move to Scotland back in May, via FootMercato

Especially after Reda Hammache, Nimes’ sporting director, indicated that Ferhat could leave Les Crocodiles for absolutely nothing. 

Could Rangers sign Rothwell and Ferhat?

“No idea (if he’ll leave in January),” Hammache said.  

“For him, and for the others, one is obliged to open an ear and an eye to potential interest. The club’s priority is not to obtain severance pay (for his departure).” 

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Ferhat made it very clear how he felt staying at Nimes for another season, admitting that he was ‘very disappointed’ to miss out on a summer transfer after the Occitanie-club were relegated from the top flight at the end of last season. 

Having contributed six goals and ten assists to the cause, he surely would have expected that a few more offers would come his way.

Unfortunately for Ferhat, there is probably room for just one new playmaker at Ibrox – and it seems that Rangers are going all out for Rothwell instead. Things could still change, however, with a host of Premier League clubs interested and Blackburn still hoping to tie down the former Manchester United youngster to a new deal. 

Ferhat, then, may be a useful contingency plan. 

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