English Championship trio Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and QPR are to join Rangers in the hunt for 26-goal Sunderland striker Ross Stewart.
The ex-Ross County forward, 25, has an explosive season for the Black Cats with his goals helping to fire them to the English second tier this season.
Sunderland are said to be desperate to tie the forward done on a new deal after he scored in the 2-0 win over Wycombe to earn the Stadium of Light side promotion at Wembley.
Rangers have been mentioned alongside the striker since April with the forward entering the final year of his deal on Wearside.
Back then now relegated Norwich City and Championship Swansea were also mentioned but now The Mirror (26.05.21, pg, 62) have added the Blades, Boro and the Rs to the list of potential suitors.
Rangers fans mixed on links to Sunderland forward Ross Stewart
Rangers fans will remember towering striker Ross Stewart from his time at Ross County where the forward did impress in Scotland.
Having only joined Sunderland in January 2021, Stewart took a little time to settle in the English north east and only netted three goals last season.
But this season the striker has massively impressed in the English third tier and has also forced his way into the Scotland international set-up.
Ross Stewart might not be the most glamorous name for some Rangers fans but there is clearly a goalscorer in there and he has attributes may suit our side.
A powerful 6ft2 forward who knows exactly what it means to play for Rangers, how we might’ve used him in the second half of this campaign.
With injuries to Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe Rangers navigated a Europa League semi-final with RB Leipzig and had a lack of attacking options for the final v Frankfurt.
It’s clear we need striking options at the club and Ross Stewart represents an interesting option who can add goals, variety and depth to the squad, whilst also boosting our homegrown options.
The forward also scored from the spot in a 2-0 League Cup win at Celtic Park in 2020 during his Staggies days, forcing our charming rivals into a mid-lockdown riot outside their stadium.
The striker is also a former Celtic youth but has spent time with Kilwinning Rangers in an impressive rise from the lower leagues of Scotland.