According to reports north of the border, Newcastle have ‘stepped up their interest’ in bringing Rangers skipper James Tavernier back to Tyneside.
The Scottish Sun claim Bruce is a big fan of the right-back and sent scouts to watch him during their 2-1 win over Celtic in last weekend’s Old Firm clash.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been linked with a move for Tavernier, who left the club back in 2014 and has excelled in the SPL since, however I have my doubts about this one.
Not only would it take big money for Rangers to sell one of their star players as they push for their first SPL title since 2011, it seems HIGHLY unlikely that Mike Ashley sanctions a bid they cannot refuse for a 28-year-old he allowed to leave for free just a few years ago.
That aside, are we really after another right-back? Manquillo may be out of contract in the summer, but with him in good form, Yedlin back from injury and Krafth signed over the summer, we seem well stocked in this area.
Nevertheless, here’s what the Scottish Sun have had to say, with Alan Potts’ ‘exclusive’ backing us to make a renewed attempt to sign him this month:
NEWCASTLE have stepped up their interest in signing Rangers skipper James Tavernier.
Toon boss Steve Bruce is keen to bolster his squad during this month’s transfer window.
And SunSport can reveal he sent his top scouts to watch the right-back in Sunday’s Old Firm crunch.
As yet, no bid has been received for Tav.
Bruce was linked with the 28-year-old in the summer, but his recent return to form has prompted him to take another look at Tavernier, who is under contract at Ibrox until of 2022.
Rangers gaffer Steven Gerrard would have no interest in selling as Gers seek to end Celtic’s domestic dominance, but he knows a big-money bid from the Toon — whose squad is crippled with injuries at the moment — could test the Ibrox board’s resolve to hang on to the former Wigan man.
He’s clearly developed as a player, with his performances and stunning record of goals/assists from right-back being hard to ignore for Rangers, but this is a deal I just can’t see Ashley sanctioning.
Not only that, I’m not convinced Bruce will be looking for more full-backs should he be given any money to spend this month!