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Report: Newcastle step up interest in Rangers defender James Tavernier

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Report: Newcastle step up interest in Rangers defender James Tavernier

Newcastle United have reportedly “stepped up” interest in Rangers defender James Tavernier.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Magpies are chasing the English right-back this January and have sent scouts recently to watch him in action.

It is understood that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has previously been linked with the 28-year-old and he now wants to strengthen his defensive options this month.

The report details that there has been no bid yet, but a big-money offer could test the resolve of Scottish giants Rangers despite them not wanting to sell.

 

Tavernier is a key player at Ibrox that is Rangers captain and has supplied a remarkable 12 assists from full-back this season already across all competitions.

The Englishman previously came through the academy ranks at Newcastle as a youngster, but has really made a name for himself in the senior game at Rangers after joining them in 2015.

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TBR’s View:

Tavernier would be a shrewd addition for Newcastle in January if they can strike a deal, but surely it would take a sizeable fee for Rangers to let go of a key player in a season when they are in a title race with Celtic.

The right-back has developed into a talisman for Steven Gerrard’s team and hasn’t looked out of place during the club’s Europa League campaign this season.

He’s an attack-minded full-back that would suits Newcastle’s wing-back system perfectly with his offensive game, but it would be a surprise if Bruce gets his target.

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