Sunderland are set for new talks with Rangers today as they look to wrap up the loan signing of midfielder Greg Docherty, Football Insider has learned.
Manager Phil Parkinson admitted last week his club had held “initial chats” with the Scottish giants over a deal for the 23-year-old after their interest was first revealed by Football Insider.
A Sunderland source has told Football Insider that the club are looking to push through the capture of Docherty in the coming days following encouragement that a deal can be done.
There is also interest in the goalscoring midfielder from Championship club Charlton Athletic and League One’s side Shrewsbury Town, where he made such a big impact last season with 10 goals and 11 assists.
But Sunderland are in pole position to take Docherty for the rest of the season amid indications he is keen to join them.
Parkinson wants the former Scotland Under-21 international to link up with another former Rangers man, striker Kyle Lafferty, who joined last week.
Docherty has been frozen out of Steven Gerrard’s side this season despite the manager speaking warmly of his attitude and performances in training.
Gerrard has told BBC Sport that he wants the former Hamilton man and another Sunderland target Jamie Murphy to get regular first-team football on loan.
Docherty made the last of his six Light Blues’ appearances this season in August.
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