French Report: Ligue 1 club drop out of transfer chase for Celtic-linked Zinedine Ferhat

By David Walton

January 5, 2022

Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne have dropped out of the race to sign Celtic-linked Zinedine Ferhat, according to Le10Sport.

Foot Mercato had previously linked Saint-Etienne to the player last week. They also mentioned Celtic as being interested along with Montpellier.

But now, Le10Sport believe that Saint-Etienne have decided not to pursue Ferhat. This is due to the fact they’ve recently completed the signing of Angers winger Sada Thioub.

Photo by SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images

Yesterday, reports in France claimed that Ferhat hadn’t returned to training with Nimes [Objectif Gard]. Despite impressing in Ligue 1 last season, he’s failed to step up since their relegation, with 0 goals or assists in Ligue 2.

And with the player now waiting for a move, Celtic are left as only 1 of 2 teams credited with an interest. As of yet, there have been no reports of initial interest having progressed further.

It was reported towards the end of last year that Ange Postecoglou was in the market for another winger [Daily Record]. Ferhat can play on either flank, but has regularly been utilised on the right side.

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Sooner Celtic get bodies in the door, the better

When the Hoops announced the signings of Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi, and Reo Hatate respectively, there was a reason that excitement overtook the support. And no, it wasn’t just down to the fact that they were coming from the J-League.

It was because the signings had been completed early. We knew they would be ready for the Premiership’s resumption on January 17th. Celtic were showing signs that they were seriously willing to strengthen.

However, fans have a right to have some PTSD from previous January windows. Many would think it now typical of the Celtic board to wait weeks and weeks before doing our final bit of business in the closing days of the window. Celtic love to wheel out a deadline day signing or 2, but the truth is we need bodies in earlier.

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If Ferhat is a realistic option for the club and someone Ange Postecoglou likes, the board must look to sanction it immediately. It’s not as if the other important parties are unwilling to do a deal.

Ferhat is back in Algeria waiting for a new club whilst Nimes are watching his contract trickle into the final 6 months. There’s no reason for us to ride it out for the next weeks. And even by doing that you could risk a Montpellier coming in for his services, for example.

So we’ll see how the next several days goes with this one. However, Saint-Etienne dropping out of the race is a big boost to our chances. Let’s see how much we want this one.

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