Bochum have confirmed they are keeping tabs on prolific Rangers striker Kris Boyd.
Boyd's future at Ibrox remains up in the air with his current contract due to expire in the summer.
A number of clubs, including Hull City, Newcastle and Middlesbrough have been credited with an interest in the former Kilmarnock ace and Bochum have confirmed they are admirers.
The German outfit have been impressed by Boyd and have hinted they could make a move for the former Scotland international.
"Yes, we have had Boyd watched," Bochum sporting director Thomas Ernst told The Herald.
"His goal record is really good."
Meanwhile, Rangers have been handed a boost with the news that Madjid Bougherra has been given permission by Algeria to play in their Christmas clash at Hibernian, but he will almost certainly miss the Old Firm derby with Celtic in January.
Bougherra had been hoping to convince national team boss Rabah Saadane to allow him to skip the start of his country's pre-African Nations Cup training camp.
Algeria have relented to allow Bougherra to feature in the game against Hibs on 27th December, but it is unlikely he will be available to play against Dundee United or Celtic on 30th December and 3rd January, respectively.
"I want to play as many games as possible for Rangers before the African Cup of Nations," Bougherra told the club's official website.
"I have done my best to get permission for more matches but there are rules saying I need to report to the Algeria squad.
"I have at least been given authorisation to play against Hibs and I am very pleased about that.
"It is an away match which will be very difficult. In many ways it is like a derby so I am happy I'm going to be available for it."