Former Zamalek boss Milutin Sredojevic has told The Daily Record that Steven Gerrard was desperate to sign Mostafa Mohamed during the January transfer window.
In the end, the Gers acquired Florian Kamberi on loan from Hibernian until the end of the campaign. However, that was only after they tried to secure the services of the Egypt U23 international. The Cairo outfit wanted £3m for his services, and he ended up staying in Africa, but that was only after Gerrard had personally called the ex-Zamalek manager.
He said: “Steven Gerrard called me personally to ask about Mostafa Mohamed. He wanted to know what he was like as a player and at training.”
Alfredo Morelos is clearly Gerrard’s number one choice up front, and rightly so – he already has 29 goals so far this campaign. However, he is unlikely to be a Rangers player for the foreseeable future – the latest report indicates that no less than nine clubs are interested in his services.
Since making the switch to Ibrox, Kamberi has failed to set the world alight – he has just one goal in nine appearances so far, and although he has two assists, he has come under fire from portions of the club’s fanbase.
Given he will only be on loan until the end of the season, he is very much a short-term signing, whereas as Mohamed would have represented a long-term option, and an interesting one at that. Aged just 22, he has six strikes in 12 games for Egypt’s U23s, whilst he has managed nine in 27 for Zamalek to date as per Transfermarkt.
Whilst £3m would have been a significant outlay for the Gers, his arrival could have seen him become a long-term Morelos successor. A lack of foresight may mean he is the one that got away.
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