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Sunderland and Reading eyeing January deal for 26-year-old Rangers defender

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Sunderland are interested in signing James Tavernier next month, with Rangers reportedly willing to listen to offers for the defender, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Tavernier, who has previously had spells in England with Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic and Bristol City, amongst others, is open to a return south of the border, with his contract at Ibrox ticking down.

The 26-year-old has 18 months remaining on his deal with the Scottish giants, but Rangers are willing to listen to offers for Tavernier, despite the fact he has made 26 appearances across all competitions this season and scored four goals.

Sunderland are not the only Championship club interested in striking a deal for the Rangers defender, with Reading also monitoring his situation heading into the January window.

Chris Coleman is desperate to add to his defensive options in the New Year, as he aims to help Sunderland avoid back-to-back relegations, with the Black Cats currently facing the prospect of another fight for survival.

Reading themselves are struggling in the Championship, but don’t face the same problems as Sunderland, with the Royals currently sitting 17th, way clear of the division’s relegation zone.

The Verdict

Sunderland’s need for defensive reinforcements is great heading into January, and if they can land a cut-price deal for Tavernier, it could prove to be a shrewd move from Coleman.

However, Reading offer a slightly more stable option to the 26-year-old.

Wherever, if anywhere, the defender makes a move, he will be a good addition in the Championship.

Sunderland and Reading fans… Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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