Newcastle United are one of several Premier League clubs showing ‘interest’ in James Tavernier ahead of the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
Simon Jones’ report on the former NUFC full-back claims that ourselves, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Everton are all keeping a close eye on his stunning form in the SPL this season.
After coming through our U-23 set up, Tavernier played 10 times at senior level on Tyneside before being sold to Wigan for £90,000 back in 2014.
Since then, it would be an understatement to say the 29-year-old has reinvented himself in Scotland.
Not only is he Rangers’ captain and a key player under Steven Gerard who’s helped them move top of the table and into the knockout stages of the Europa League, he’s backed an incredible 16 goals and 11 assists in 25 appearances this season – ridiculous numbers for a right-back.
Yes it’s the Scottish league, but he’s also shone in Europe recently, bagging three assists in Rangers’ two group stage clashes with Benfica.
As for our alleged interest, I’m sure many will agree that right-back is an area where we have plenty options but a real lack of quality or consistency.
Tavernier deserves a proper shot at Premier League level based on his stunning form in Scotland, but I can’t see them selling him their skipper mid-way through a season that could see them beat Celtic to the title.