The Lowdown: Rangers interest
As per Football Insider, the Ibrox giants have registered an interest in Ross Stewart and are actively monitoring his situation.
Sunderland have slapped a £10m price tag on their striker, who is also wanted by their northeast rivals Middlesbrough, as he faces an uncertain future.
The 26-year-old’s current contract at the Stadium of Light is set to expire next summer, although there is an option for the Championship club to extend the agreement by 12 months.
Rangers are long-term admirers of Stewart and, ahead of the prospective departure of Alfredo Morelos, the Light Blues made him their top target during the summer.
The Latest: One they will ‘pursue’
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke has claimed that Michael Beale’s team would ‘like to pursue’ Stewart in January, as he features ‘highly’ on the wanted list at Ibrox.
The journalist said: “I think Ross Stewart will definitely be somebody who figures highly on their wanted list.
“He is somebody who could come in there and do a job for Rangers. They’ll be looking at his contract situation at Sunderland, with the player entering the last six months of his deal. It’s definitely one that Rangers would like to pursue.”
The Verdict: Morelos replacement?
Before picking up a hamstring injury, the Sunderland striker went on an impressive run of five goals and three assists in his opening seven Championship games this season (Transfermarkt), and he also boasts the experience of playing in the Scottish Premiership.
Lauded as ‘unbelievable‘ by Sunderland journalist James Copley, Stewart also played a big part in the Black Cats’ promotion from League One last term, scoring a mammoth 26 goals and supplying a further five assists, including two goals in the play-offs (Transfermarkt).
He could also be available for a cut-price fee in January given his contract situation, making this deal a no-brainer from a Rangers perspective.
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