By Doug Ward

26th May, 2022 | 7:10am

Sunderland want to make Ross Stewart best-paid player as Rangers lurk

Rangers still want to sign Sunderland striker Ross Stewart despite his side winning promotion to the English Championship, according to The Mirror.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on Thursday (26 May, page 62) that Middlesbrough, QPR and Sheffield United are also in the hunt to sign Stewart, 25, after the Scottish forward scored his 26th goal of the season in Sunderland’s League One play-off final win over Wycombe.

It is understood that Stewart has 12 months left on his contract at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland are keen to get him tied down to a new deal that will make him their “best-paid star”.

The Mirror adds that the interested parties are “ready to pounce” for Stewart if the former Ross County striker cannot agree a new contract with the English club.

Get him in

Rangers need to get a lot of business done this summer.

Whether that’s selling players, buying players or sorting out new contracts for their stars, Ross Wilson and Giovanni van Bronckhorst have their work cut out.

Alfredo Morelos is in the final year of his contract at Ibrox and we saw in the closing weeks of the season that we do miss the Colombian international when he’s not playing.

While we’re yet to see any concrete reports about Morelos quitting Ibrox, there’s still a chance that something will happen due to his contract situation.

Regardless of whether Morelos signs a new deal or not, Stewart should be a good signing.

He’s matured into a real goal machine while playing south of the border at Sunderland, netting 26 goals in all competitions to fire the Black Cats into the Championship.

Stewart is bound to get his first Scotland cap soon and also has experience of playing up here so he sounds as though someone who should be able to perform quite well.

For an extra option in the attack, this is a deal that makes sense to us but right now, it looks unlikely due to Sunderland’s promotion and interest from elsewhere.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues are in pursuit of this European club’s “star man” as they look to sell him this summer.