By Tom Blackburn
Rangers are eyeing up a loan swoop for Newcastle forward Adam Armstrong, according to a report.
Joe Dodoo is the Ranger’s only fit available striker after last season’s top scorer Maryn Waghorn suffered a hamstring injury in their opener against Hamilton on the weekend.
The Scottish Sun claim that Mark Warburton is sweating over the loss of Waghorn and would like to bring in Armstrong as cover.
“Martin will have a scan,” Warburton said, via the Scottish Sun. “He has become a lot more comfortable in the last couple of days. Whether it was nerve-related, we will have to wait and see.
“He got a knee in the back before the injury, so I hopes it’s spasm related.
“You fear the worst when it happens. If you get a really bad hamstring you could be out for several weeks. Hopefully that is not the case.”
It is said that several Championship clubs in England are keen on the emerging star but Rangers “are also in the mix” and hope chief scout Frank McParland’s relationship with Rafael Benitez could help their case.
The pair worked together at Liverpool, and that could well increase the Scottish giants’ chances of signing Armstrong.
The 19-year-old fired 20 goals and added five assists in his 40 appearances last season while on loan at League One said Coventry but Newcastle manager Benitez is still to decide whether Armstrong could replicate that form in the Championship.
Last month Coventry manager Tony Mowbray told Coventry Telegraph that he hopes they can secure his services once again.
The forward has already established himself as a member of the England under-19 side and is certainly a player who will look to carry on his development wherever he is next season.
He has been with Newcastle since he was only nine and has risen up through the ranks in recent years, a chance in the first-team could be his next step.
In June former Newcastle great Alan Shearer urged Benitez to give Armstrong a chance in the first-team, saying that he could add some much-needed goals to a team that struggled in front of the net last year, as they were relegated from the Premier League.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are set to seal Premier League defender deal this week.