English club to reignite January move for Rangers key man to replace £15m ace - report

By Alex Stevens

Bristol City are set to reignite their interest in Martyn Waghorn when the January transfer window opens, according to a report.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Championship club want to sign the prolific striker to fill their void up front following the sale of Jonathan Kodjia to Aston Villa in a record £15million deal.

It is said that City manager Lee Johnson put the Rangers striker at the top of his wish-list in August.

He failed to lure Rangers to the negotiating table and subsequently signed England Under-21 international Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea instead.

Abraham has been a huge success at Ashton Gate as his goals have helped fire City into the English Championship play-off positions.

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This has convinced City chiefs to back Johnson in the transfer market in January and the Scottish Sun report that a bid for Waghorn is back on, even though it’s likely to get a cool response from Gers boss Mark Warburton.

He still regards Waghorn as his first-choice frontman and bemoaned his absence after a hamstring injury on the opening day of the league season against Hamilton.

The Englishman, 26, has scored eight goals in nine matches this season but only one of his strikes has come in the league.

Waghorn’s contract runs until 2018, which means Rangers could be vulnerable if they receive a significant bid for the former England Under-21 international.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club have been installed as favourites to sign a Premier League great.