A former Premier League striker has claimed he heard “whispers” that Newcastle United were interested in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos in the summer.

Ex-Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell was speaking to Football Insider about conversations he’d heard regarding Rangers’ feisty frontman.

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Rangers star Alfredo Morelos was interesting Newcastle United before they moved for Callum Wilson, according to Kevin Campbell. (Photo by Robert Perry – Pool/Getty Images)

The former striker – who’s son Tyrese almost joined Rangers last season – said that he heard Newcastle were considering a plunge for Morelos before signing Callum Wilson.

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The England striker joined Newcastle in a £20m deal from Bournemouth in the summer with the Toon Army devoid of options in attack.

“I think Rangers would have wanted good money for him and clearly teams weren’t willing to spend that kind of money,” said Campbell.

“One thing for sure is that he is a goalscorer. I love that he is grumpy when he is not scoring. You have got to be ruthless and he is ruthless.

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“Sometimes he gets in altercations but that is what makes him. I’ve heard whispers of Newcastle before Callum Wilson joined them.

“For the price that was quoted, teams were not convinced.

“Steven Gerrard has got him for another season so he will utilise him and make the most of it because he will play an important role if they are to be successful.”

Rangers striker Morelos was the subject of much transfer interest in the summer with French side Lille being said to have launched a £16.25m bid for the player [Daily Mail].

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Newcastle United’s move for Callum Wilson is proving to be a shrewd piece of business for the club, scoring six goals in eight Premier League appearances this season. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But after having his “head turned” by the interest, Morelos was forced out of the Rangers side by Steven Gerrard who was adamant the Colombian wouldn’t leave before a team met the asking price.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard has since said the forward has the “hunger” back in his eyes after becoming the club’s record European scorer with his 22nd strike in the 3-3 draw with Benfica.

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