Overlooked this week in the speculation that Aberdeen & Dundee United were the new favorites in the race to sign former Rangers forward Kris Boyd was the public pronouncement from the French club Nîmes Olympique that they are eager to sign the Kilmarnock player.
Nîmes president Jean-Marc Conrad told the French press that signing Boyd was a priority for the Ligue 2 side. Via Midi Libre – Conrad stated, “Kris Boyd is a true scorer, a real phenomenon. If we can convince him to sign, we will have a true center forward in the spirit that we want to have – that is to say a forward that is fighting, has bravery & is successful.”
“He has high salary expectations but we are not too far out of reach.”
Les Crocodiles had a poor 2013-14 season, finishing 15th out of 20 teams & were only four points ahead of the relegation zone. Their leading scorer, Samir Benmeziane, only managed 11 goals in 31 matches. Last season, Boyd tallied 22 goals in 35 games. He also managed 84 shots, 32 of which were on target. Conrad is aggressively attempting to add quality to the side in order to make a push for promotion to Ligue 1.
However, it is unlikely that Boyd will publicly make any choices for a couple of weeks, at least.
Boyd recently told The Evening Express, “I’m going on holiday and I’m going to take my time over what I’m doing and make a decision from there. It’s a big decision for me.”
“I’m coming to what I believe are the best years of my career and I want to give myself every chance to perform at a level where I know I can score goals but also get myself back in the Scotland set up.”
Despite pleas from Kenny Miller, Rangers are no longer the odds-on favorites to reunite Boyd with his former strike partner at Ibrox.