The manager of EFL Championship club Middlesbrough, Chris Wilder, is eyeing a swoop for Rangers midfielder John Lundstram, according to the Daily Record.
Lundstram only joined the Gers in July on a three-year contract, but he referenced Steven Gerrard as a key factor in his decision to move to Ibrox and he’s struggled for playing time under Gio van Bronckhorst.
The 27-year-old has only featured in three of the Gers’ last seven Premiership matches and was hooked at half-time in his last start.
EFL manager keen on reunion with Rangers player
It’s unclear what kind of role the manager sees him playing over the second half of the season, but the Daily Record suggests that an offer could arrive for him at some point in the current transfer window.
It’s claimed that Boro boss Wilder is actively looking for midfield reinforcements and is ‘closely monitoring’ Lundstram’s situation.
Lundstram played under Wilder for several seasons at his previous club Sheffield United and it’s suggested that the latter is keen to have the Gers player at his disposal once again.
It isn’t made clear whether Boro would be looking for a loan or a permanent deal.
Could Lundstram leave Ibrox this month?
The loan signing of the versatile James Sands from New York City FC last week has already added to Gio’s midfield options and that could be bad news for the already out-of-favour Lundstram.
The Scouser hasn’t found it easy so far at Ibrox but he has shown glimpses of real quality, with a commanding performance at Dundee in September earning big praise from ex-manager Gerrard and fans alike.
Therefore, it would be a surprise if Rangers don’t at least give him until the end of the season to try to force his way back into the team and show consistency once he’s there.
It would also be a risk to offload Lundstram given Ryan Jack’s continued injury problems, unless a high-quality replacement was secured before the end of the window.