Rangers have been given encouragement in their bid to lure Scotland international Jon McLaughlin from Sunderland this summer.
Football Insider revealed yesterday the Glasgow giants have turned their attention to the 32-year-old as they look to bolster their goalkeeper ranks.
A Sunderland source has told Football Insider that McLaughlin is looking increasingly likely to quit the club when his contract expires at the end of this month.
The north-east giants announced last week the keeper has been offered a new deal along with teammates Chris Maguire and Tom Flanagan.
Manager Phil Parkinson has not given up hope McLaughlin will stay but the club are facing a race against time to keep him.
McLaughlin is out of contract on 30 June and the interest from Rangers could turn his head.
Rangers are in the market for a new senior goalkeeper after releasing Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick at the end of last month.
Steven Gerrard wants a proven performer who can provide cover and competition for No1 Allan McGregor, as well as potentially replace him.
Capped two times by Scotland, McLaughlin has played for Hearts as well as accumulated extensive experience in England.
In addition to his two years at Sunderland, he has also had lengthy spells at Burton Albion and Bradford City.
McLaughlin made 31 league starts among 35 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats in the recently-terminated campaign.
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