Scotland international winger Ryan Fraser is still on the hunt for a new club after leaving Bournemouth following the expiration of his contract.
The talented winger was linked to Arsenal at the peak of the powers last season and there was expected to be no shortage of suitors as he left the relegated Cherries.
But with talks reportedly stalling over a move to Newcastle United, a journalist’s claims that Fraser wants a move up north might ordinarily tempt Rangers.
Players who are free agents can often demand higher wages which can make deals tougher to negotiate. Understand Fraser is keen on a move north north though to be nearer his family in Aberdeen.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) September 2, 2020
According to Keith Downie of Sky Sports, Ryan Fraser wants a move up north to be closer to family and friends in Aberdeen.
In Premier League terms, there is no club more north than the Toon army but Fraser appears to be holding out for more wages from the Magpies even if a move remains on the table.
Ordinarily a homesick free agent Scottish international of the quality of Fraser would be linked extensively to the likes of Rangers and Celtic.
But such is the mega-money on offer down south there’s barely been a peep about interest from either side of the Old Firm.
Whilst you have to give Newcastle United their dues, the Old Firm are now relying on their own prestige to attract talent north of the border.
But just like other Scottish teams cannot compete in the same arena as Rangers and Celtic financially, the Old Firm cannot compete in the same arena as Premier League clubs.
Whilst Fraser might be yearning for a move back up north, the winger obviously doesn’t want it that badly he’d be willing to drop his wages to cross the border.
With the want to maximise his career earnings but also get closer to home, can you blame him for eyeing up a move to St. James’ Park over an Ibrox or Celtic Park?