Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be excited at the latest Rangers transfer claim that will be sure to please the Ibrox faithful ahead of the new season.
Scott Wilson, a journalist for the Northern Echo has tweeted about Rangers’ interest in striker Ross Stewart.
He said: “Rangers make Sunderland striker Ross Stewart their number one option to replace Alfredo Morelos, with contract talks with the Colombian stalling.”
With Morelos’ current contract expiring next season, Rangers are keen to get the striker to sign a new deal but there haven’t been any advancements on this recently.
Unfortunately, the Ibrox side won’t be able to count on their Colombian talisman forever and with every passing summer striking up new interest in the player, this could well be the year that sees him leave the club.
Stewart could be a solid and exciting replacement if Morelos does leave, scoring 26 goals in all competitions as he helped Sunderland finally gain promotion from League 1 via the play-offs.
The 25-year-old’s contract also expires at the end of next season, with the club indicating that they are willing to discuss a new deal shortly.
The striker’s stock has certainly risen in the past year which has culminated in him winning his first Scotland caps in the recent Nations League matches and Sunderland may want to strike when the iron is hot.
Van Bronckhorst won’t want to spend over the odds on someone, who despite having a wonderful season, hasn’t been tried and tested regularly on the big stage and this is something he will have to ponder.
If a deal can be done that involves the club not paying over the odds for Stewart, then it could be very shrewd indeed.