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Report: Bottom half European side to rival Rangers for 'stylish' playmaker who idolises Ronaldinho

Rangers face competition for the signing of Algerian international Zinedine Ferhat from French side Strasbourg.

According to Foot Mercato, the Ligue 1 club, who finished 15th last season, are interested in the 28-year-old playmaker. The same publication reported in May that Steven Gerrard’s side are also keen on Ferhat.

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The midfielder faced the drop to Ligue 2 with Nimes last season. And Ferhat is now eager to return to playing top-flight football.

Ferhat has a reputation in France for his creativity and flair. Ligue 1’s official website describes the former Le Havre star as a ‘stylish’ player who enjoys creating over scoring.

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The midfielder also admitted via the same story that he idolised Ronaldinho when he was a child, and that he stylises his game on the Brazilian icon.

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Rangers are eager to bolster their squad ahead of next season, hence their interest in Ferhat. Gerrard will be keen to not only retain his Scottish Premiership title, but also make an impression in the UEFA Champions League.

The Glasgow giants haven’t competed in Europe’s elite club competition in over ten years.

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And following Rangers’ success in the UEFA Europa League over the past two seasons, there is a chance that the Scottish side could make a good run into the tournament.

Rangers have already made three signings this summer, all of which were free. Nnamdi Ofoborh and Fashion Sakala became Gers players before the end of last season. Whilst John Lundstram was announced last week after being released from Sheffield United.

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