Rangers have received a boost in their pursuit of Nottingham Forest striker Jason Cummings after it was reported that Forest have opened talks with Cardiff to sign Lee Tomlin.

According to the Sunday Post, Aitor Karanka’s side want to make Tomlin’s temporary switch to the City Ground permanent – clearing the way for Cummings to complete a permanent move to Ibrox.

Cummings joined the Light Blues in January, scoring six times in 18 appearances for the Gers.

When Cummings’ loan move was announced, the Light Blues confirmed that they have an agreement in place to sign the former Hibs star on a long-term deal.

Football Insider verdict:

Tying Cummings down to a long-term deal would make some sense for the Light Blues and give them extra options attack next season. Despite not setting the world alight during his initial spell, Cummings done well enough to merit a second chance and a long-term Ibrox contract would be a win-win for the Gers. At only 22, Cummings can still get much better and prove to be a vital player to the Gers in the future. There are still some areas the striker needs to improve on but he’s still got a long way to go until he’s the finished article. With the Gers expected to pay arond £1million for Cummings if they make his move permanent, it makes much more sense to sign the Scotland international rather than some of the other names they have been linked to signing this summer as Steven Gerrard takes the reins at the Ibrox giants.

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