Newcastle United want Rangers star despite defiant Ibrox stance - report
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Newcastle United want Rangers star despite defiant Ibrox stance - report

Premier League outfit Newcastle United remain interested in signing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos in January, although they accept how difficult it will be given the Ibrox club’s stance on the striker.

Not to mention the ongoing retail gripes with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.

Rangers have reiterated throughout the last few months that their 28-goal striker is not for sale and you can bet Steven Gerrard has no intention to budge on that position.

Rangers are determined to keep a hold of their star striker despite reported interest from Newcastle United. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Local Tyneside newspaper the Northern Echo have acknowledged this but mentioned Morelos’ name amongst a host of others as Newcastle look to add firepower in the January window.

The report also claims that if Newcastle want to sign anyone then they’ll have to offload some of their fringe players first.

Incredibly, the Echo claims that the Magpies have slapped a £15m price tag on striker Dwight Gayle, a 29-year-old striker who’s yet to score in eight appearances this season.

It’s no wonder Rangers wouldn’t even consider letting their 23-year-old Colombian forward Morelos leave unless it will silly money.

Rangers have said they’d reject even a £40m for the striker in January such is his importance in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

“I would rather keep Alfredo. If they offered £40m and the manager came to me, I’d say my instinct would be to keep him,” said outgoing Rangers chairman Dave King [Scottish Sun].

“We know he’s going to score goals. My view is not to sell him under any circumstances and there would be no financial pressure whatsoever to sell Alfredo.

“I think I can safely say Alfredo will not be going anywhere in January. I’ve said to the manager, if you get offered £25m for him, £30m, I wouldn’t sell. You make your decision.

“I don’t want money in the bank. We’re here to win league titles.

Alfredo Morelos’ importance to Rangers cannot be understated. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I made the point, we’re not like a mid-tier Premier League club who can trade players, make good money but are not under any pressure to win the league.

“The most important thing for us this year is to have the best shot at winning the league.”

Alfredo Morelos has hit 28 goals and laid on a further nine in 35 appearances for Rangers this season, also breaking his scoring duck for Colombia back in November.