Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard enquired about Egypt international striker Mostafa Mohamed ahead of an attempt to bring him to Ibrox in January, according to Milutin Sredojevic, the player’s former coach.
Rangers strengthened their attacking ranks on the last day of the January transfer window, bringing in Florian Kamberi on loan from fellow Scottish Premiership side Hibernian until the end of the season.
Zamalek sharpshooter Mohamed was linked with a move to Ibrox in the January transfer window amid reports he tried to force through a transfer, as has been reported by the Daily Record.
The Cairo club reportedly asked for £3million for the deal to go through and Mohamed remained at Zamalek, with Rangers playing down their interest and eventually bringing Kamberi to Ibrox.
However, Sredojevic – who was sacked by Zamalek in December and is now manager of Zambia – has now claimed that Rangers boss Gerrard took a personal interest in signing Mohamed.
“Steven Gerrard called me personally to ask about Mostafa Mohamed,” Sredojevic is quoted by the Daily Record as saying. “He wanted to know what he was like as a player and at training.
“But Zamalek made it very difficult for the transfer to go through because they don’t want to looked at as a selling club.
“So the transfer never happened, but Steven Gerrard was very keen indeed for the move to go through.
“Mostafa is a player with a bright future. He is an incredible talent who will of course go to Europe one day soon.”
Mohamed, who has been capped twice by Egypt, won the top scorer award in the Under-23s Africa Cup of Nations in November as he helped the Pharaohs win the trophy.
For his club, meanwhile, he has eight goals and three assists from 24 appearances this term.
Given his credentials – including plaudits from the likes of Sredojevic – and young age, it’s little surprise that Rangers have been linked with him, and he certainly looks a suitable option to revisit in the summer.