Ten days ago, the French media revealed that Steven Gerrard was looking to shop in France to try and bolster his midfield.

L’Equipe reported that Rangers were considering making a move for Haris Belkebla, currently contracted to Stade Brestois 29 in Ligue 1.

The belief was that Gerrard and co. could ‘quickly make an offer’ for the midfielder, who was described as having had a ‘consistent’ season in terms of form.

How much the Algeria international would cost wasn’t said, but the Ibrox side may have faced competition from RC Lens, who are going to spend the summer strengthening their team following their promotion from Ligue 2.

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But, Rangers could actually face their biggest competition from Brest themselves, as the club’s director of sport, Grégory Lorenzi, explained they weren’t looking to cash in on Belkebla.

Relayed by L’Equipe on Monday, he said: “There’s no opening regarding the potential exit of the player. We’re more in the idea of recruiting”.

The only player who appears to be allowed an exit if the right offer comes in will be Ibrahima Diallo, who was a target for Leicester City in January.

As for Rangers, it appears they will now have to be extra convincing if they do want to sign Belkebla.