Sunderland are looking to strengthen in the January transfer window with the addition of Rangers’ Greg Docherty on loan, according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie.
Steven Gerrard has admitted there will likely be departures at Ibrox this month and mentioned Docherty as one of those who could depart, due to his desire for game time.
The Northern Echo also suggest that Charlton have taken an interest in the midfielder which could make things difficult for the Black Cats, as the Scot may want to test himself at a higher level having spent last season on loan in League One with Shrewsbury.
The proposed deal could see Docherty move on loan for the rest of the season but with two-and-a-half years left on his contract it is unclear if Rangers are keen for him to move on a permanent basis.
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Phil Parkinson has organised his team effectively and seems to have found a winning formula in recent weeks, but he will still likely be keen to address the issues that have affected his attack at times.
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One problem the team has is the dependence on the front-three to find the net, with Charlie Wyke, Chris Maguire and Lynden Gooch contributing a combined total of 21 goals this term.
George Dobson and Max Power, for example, have just three goals between them from central midfield, but the addition of Docherty could address that concern.
In the last campaign he managed 10 goals and 11 assists for the Shrews, highlighting the attacking threat he possesses, and if he uses a loan spell to impress Gerrard then Sunderland could reap the rewards.
His Rangers manager labelled his attitude and professionalism as “magnificent”, too, which is another attribute that should serve Parkinson’s side well as they bid to stretch their six-game unbeaten run and move towards the automatic promotion places.
In other transfer news, Sunderland have also targeted another loan move as they look to boost a key area in the squad.