By Harry Sykes
Leeds are among a number of big clubs interested in signing Martyn Waghorn from Rangers this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim the Championship promotion hopefuls are keeping close tabs on the striker, who has just 15 months remaining on his Ibrox contract.
It is said that Leeds’ fellow second-tier clubs Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest, as well as Premier League outfit Sunderland, are also planning a move for Waghorn.
Waghorn, 27, has a fine scoring record at Rangers since joining from Wigan in the summer of 2015 with his 67 matches yielding 43 goals.
But his contract situation has put a host of clubs south of the border on alert amid little sign of progress over a new deal.
The Scottish Sun claimed before Christmas that the striker was unhappy he had not been offered an improved contract like some of his teammates and had told former manager Mark Warburton that he wanted to quit during showdown talks.
The 27-year-old former Sunderland, Leicester and Wigan player slipped down the pecking order in the final months under Warburton but was reinvigorated by the management of caretaker Graeme Murty.
Waghorn was also named in the first team selected by new boss Pedro Caixinha and scored a penalty in Rangers’ 4-0 Scottish Premiership demolition of Hamilton at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking after that match, the striker insisted that he would “hopefully” be at Rangers next season in an apparent change of heart, although he admitted he did not know what the future holds.
Waghorn had an excellent debut campaign as he spearheaded Rangers’ Championship triumph and return to the top flight with 28 goals.
He has been less effective this season, scoring just six times in 23 league matches, although eight cup encounters have yielded a further nine goals.
Forest’s reported interest in Waghorn comes after the Daily Mail reported that former Gers manager Mark Warburton is also planning a swoop for his teammate James Tavernier.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.