By Will Butcher
SuperLig outfit Trabzonspor have placed Rangers right-back James Tavernier at the top of their summer wishlist, according to a report.
Turkish outlet Diyarbakir Soz claim that Trabzonspor, who boast talents such as Mehmet Ekici, Oscar Cardozo and former Hull City striker Dame N’Doye, want the Newcastle academy graduate.
The Turkish side are keen to side a right-back, and have also sounded out Toulouse’s Ivory Coast international Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, as well as Galatasaray’s Hamit Altintop.
Tavernier played in every league game during the 2015-16 season for Rangers and starred in 50 encounters where he scored 15 goals and provided 23 assists assists from his full-back position.
Trabzonspor are looking for a right-back after releasing former Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwa.
Tavernier made his professional debut for Newcastle after graduating from the academy, going onto make 11 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies. During his time on Tyneside, the 24-year-old had six loan spells with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Carlisle.
Manager Mark Warburton has been keen to improve his squad in the transfer window and has recruitedthe likes of Niko Kranjcar, Clint Hill and Joey Barton.
In other Rangers transfer news, this Newcastle youngster could join in a loan deal.