According to a report from the Evening Times, Rangers have told Sunderland that they will need to improve their bid for Greg Docherty if they hope to loan the midfielder this month.
Docherty looks set to be on the move this move. The youngster has not played for the Gers since August, and the Evening Times reports that a number of sides want him for the rest of the campaign.
It had appeared that the 23-year-old was edging towards a switch to the Stadium of Light. The Daily Record reported last week that the Black Cats were likely to win the race for his signature.
However, the Evening Times is now reporting that Charlton Athletic have moved to the front of the queue.
It is suggested that talks between Sunderland and Rangers have hit a stumbling block.
The Gers are reportedly demanding that Phil Parkinson’s men make a bigger contribution towards Docherty’s wages.
And that has seemingly opened the door for the Addicks.
TBR View – Sunderland may kick themselves if they miss out
Docherty proved during his loan spell at Shrewsbury last season how impressive he can be in League One.
He scored 10 goals in all competitions for the Shrews. So Sunderland should perhaps fear being left to kick themselves if they miss out.
Parkinson’s men are in the promotion mix. And the Rangers man would be a fine addition to their ranks.
Given that they have been interested enough to reportedly open talks, it would surely be wise to try and reach a compromise with Rangers that sees Docherty move to Wearside.