According to the Daily Star, Newcastle are keen to bring former Mag James Tavernier back to St James’ Park – and believe a £8m bid will tempt Rangers into selling.
Although reports north of the border have credited Steve Bruce with interest in Tavernier over the past few days, I’d take this one with a pinch of salt.
Yes we are in desperate need of new options at full-back, but I question A) the source reporting this (Daily Star), B) the fact he turns 28 in October (doesn’t fit into Mike Ashley’s transfer blue print) and C) the idea that Rangers would happily accept £8m for their star player and club captain.
Tavernier has been a revelation in Scotland ever since he made the move to Rangers, bagging a stunning number of goals and assists from right-back, but him standing out in the SPL does not necessarily mean he’d be a sudden success in the Premier League.
He made little impact during spells with Wigan and Bristol City following his NUFC exit in 2014, although his stats with Rangers are hard to ignore, with him bagging a stunning 43 goal and 61 assists in 198 games – including 17 goals and 20 assists last season.
That said, I struggle to believe Rangers would accept such a low offer, and am far from convinced Mike Ashley would pay decent money for a soon-to-be 28-year-old who he allowed to leave on a free five years ago.