Sunderland have submitted a new loan bid for Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty after re-joining the race to sign him this month, Football Insider has learned.
The League One big hitters’ swoop for the 23-year-old stalled earlier in the week but they have moved back in amid doubts over their pursuit of Shrewsbury Town’s Ollie Norburn.
Ibox sources have told Football Insider that Sunderland have made an improved offer for Docherty but it has not yet been accepted.
Rangers are willing to do business but they want a significant loan fee for the former Scotland Under-21 international.
Docherty was outstanding while on loan in League One at Shrewsbury last season, scoring 10 goals and supplying 11 assists.
But the goalscoring midfielder has made little impact back at his parent club and Steven Gerrard is willing to loan him out.
There is interest in him from Charlton Athletic, Shrewsbury and one other Championship club, in addition to Sunderland.
Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson admitted at his media conference yesterday he has made moves for both Docherty and Norburn.
Sunderland are very active going into the final week of the window but lost out to Hearts in their bid to sign Liam Boyce from Burton Albion.
Gerrard told BBC Sport last week that he wants Docherty to get regular first-team football on loan after being frozen out of the Rangers team since August.