RANGERS target Mostafa Mohamed, a top striking prospect at Egyptian side Zamalek, has slammed in a transfer demand.
The 22-year-old frontman, who was the top scorer in the African Under-23 Cup of Nations in November, apparently reacted to the news his club had tuned down a £500,000 offer from the Ibrox side to take him on loan for the remainder of the season.
Mohamed, who has already been capped twice at top level, has netted 12 times – including four in the last six games – this season.
Reports in Africa indicated Steven Gerrard has offered £500,000 for a six-month temporary contract for the player and would pay a further £1.5million to make the switch permanent if he impressed in Scottish football.
However, Zamalek, where ex-Gers gaffer Alex McLeish spent three months in 2016, want at least DOUBLE that and have no interest into a loan spell.
Mohamed has met director Ismail Youssef and put in an official transfer request as he attempts to force the issue.
Club president Mortada Mansour, in a report in the Daily Record, insisted: “Mostafa is an important player for us who still has 18 months left on his contract. We have had a lot of interest from clubs in Europe.
“But we have no requirement to sell the player just now.”
It was also claimed Gerrard had sent a delegate to negotiate with the club last month.
Haytham Farouk, a media pundit, added: “I know for a fact Mohamed has options in European football, most notably from Glasgow Rangers.
“Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has already sent a delegate from his club to speak with him. They were attracted to him because of his performances in the Under 23s Cup of Nations.
“I think it would be a great move for him to go to a club like Rangers. It’s important when he does move to European football he takes the right steps with the right club.
“I believe he is one of the exciting talents in African football right now.”