Rangers are keen on adding versatile Newcastle midfielder Jacob Murphy to their squad in January, according to The Chronicle.
With the Premier League club yet to enter talks over a new deal with the winger, Rangers are said to be circling for a player who has impressed in limited league minutes (465) this season.
Despite playing in an unfamiliar right-back role for the majority of his minutes on the pitch, Murphy has still managed to score three goals and register an assist across all competitions.
A desire for regular first-team football could persuade Murphy – on a reported £25k-a-week – to consider the move to Scotland.
Furthermore, with Steven Gerrard’s side leading the Scottish Premiership by 16 points, as well as securing safe passage into the knockout stages of the Europa League, it looks to be an enticing deal for the former Norwich player.
However, whether Newcastle will be tempted into doing a deal is another matter.
With a catalogue of absences plaguing the Magpies during a congested fixture list, Steve Bruce might feel he can ill afford to lose another member of his depleted squad.
However, they can strike the League Cup off that last after they lost to Brentford on Tuesday night.
Where would Murphy fit in?
If Rangers are successful in their pursuit of Murphy, it will be interesting see where he will fit into Gerrard’s plans.
With the likes of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten impressing recently for the Scottish giants, Murphy would need to offer an instant impact as a wide forward.
The expected departure of Jordan Jones could open up a slot in the squad, but the Northern Ireland winger has been a peripheral figure for much of this season anyway.
In fact, the signing of Murphy could offer captain and top scorer James Tavernier some much-needed rest, if the winger is prepared to drop back into the right-hand side of defence like he has done so for Newcastle this season.
Tavernier’s current replacement is 19-year-old academy product Nathan Patterson. He has been tipped for a bright future, but perhaps Gerrard feels he needs a more experienced option as the season gets more intense.
With license to roam down the right like Tavernier, Murphy might just be tempted to part ways with Newcastle and join a club gunning for domestic and European glory.
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