Rangers’ hopes of winning the race to sign Tyrese Campbell have suffered a blow as Stoke City step up attempts to tie him to a new contract, Football Insider has learned.
The Glasgow giants have joined rivals Celtic in registering their interest in the England Under-20 forward amid doubts over his future at the Potters.
A Stoke source has told Football Insider that the club have opened talks with Campbell over a new deal and they are increasingly hopeful of reaching an agreement.
The player had been unhappy at his fringe status in Michael O’Neill’s struggling side.
But he won back his place in the starting XI over the festive period and is now more likely to commit to an extension of his contract.
Stoke are aware of growing interest in the services of Campbell from clubs north and south of the border.
Celtic and Rangers are able to take advantage of cross-border rules to sign the 20-year-old for £300,000 fee in the summer, while English clubs would have to pay would would likely be a multi-million compensation fee.
Ibrox director of football Ross Wilson has targeted Campbell for a summer deal similar to the way Rangers signed Joe Aribo last summer.
The versatile midfielder ran down his Charlton Athletic contract before joining Gerrard’s side when he had become a free agent.
Campbell struggled for game time for most of the opening half of the campaign, but has seized his chance in recent weeks.
He scored twice in his side’s 5-2 New Year’s Day mauling of Huddersfield after netting as a substitute in the 3-2 Boxing Day triumph over Sheffield Wednesday.
The front man, who can play wide or down the middle, has four goals from 20 matches for Stoke this season after scoring five times from 15 matches while at Shrewsbury Town last campaign.
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