By Saikat Mandal

29th Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

Sunderland ready to sell Ross Stewart in January as Rangers want him at Ibrox

Sunderland are ready to sell their striker Ross Stewart in January amid ongoing interest from Rangers and Celtic, as reported by Football League World.

The 26-year-old has a contract at the club until the end of the season. It means, he can sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January, and leave the Black Cats for free next summer.

The Wearside club offered him a “lucrative” contract, but the deal remains unsigned. If the striker doesn’t sign a new deal, the club will look to sell him in January.

Huge decision

The Gers are on the verge of appointing Michael Beale as their next manager. 

It is expected that Beale will be provided with transfer funds in January to bring in his choice of players. But will he sign a new striker? 

One of the main tasks for Beale will be to solve Alfredo Morelos’s situation. The Colombian striker has only a few months left on his current deal, and he has underperformed badly this season under Giovanni van Bronckhorst. 

However, Beale will be hoping that he can get the best out of him, and the Colombian could be persuaded to sign a new deal. If that happens, the Bears are unlikely to move for a new striker, as they have Antonio Colak as another option already. 

Secondly, Beale loves to play in the 4-3-2-1 system or its variants. Unless he ditches his style completely, the 42-year-old is unlikely to implement a system where he can fit in two strikers at the same time. 

Stewart is a brilliant striker with a fantastic scoring (34 goals in 72 appearances) record. Rangers will probably move for him if they decide to offload Morelos in January. 

In other Rangers news, angry QPR fans edited Beale’s Wikipedia page on Saturday.