Report: Rangers want to bring 26-goal striker to Ibrox, his club are now planning pay rise

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Rangers want Ross Stewart but Sunderland are ready to stand firm and fight to keep him at the Stadium of Light this summer.

The Gers need to make a number of signings this summer to really bolster Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad.

Another striker is an absolute must for Rangers this summer whether Alfredo Morelos stays or moves on this summer.

Kemar Roofe has quality but has suffered a number of injury problems, Jermain Defoe and Cedric Itten have gone and Fashion Sakala seems like more of a winger.

Rangers need to add another goalscoring threat to Van Bronckhorst’s side and a Scottish option has emerged.

Rangers want Ross Stewart

Reports from The Northern Echo claimed in April that Rangers were in the race to sign Sunderland striker Ross Stewart.

Two weeks ago, The Northern Echo offered an update; that Stewart had become Rangers’ top striker target this summer.

Stewart was outstanding for Sunderland this past season, smashing 26 goals and five assists in 53 outings.

Stewart played a key role in helping Sunderland win promotion to the Championship and is now expected to thrive in the second tier.

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Rangers’ interest does offer a twist in tale for Stewart though, who left Scottish football in January 2021 when Sunderland signed him from Ross County.

The former Celtic talent could make a return to Glasgow if Rangers do make their move, but Sunderland are desperate to keep him.

The Daily Record claim that Sunderland want to give Stewart a pay rise in an attempt to convince him to stay.

Sunderland plan to open contract talks with Stewart when he returns from his summer holidays in the coming days.

That would be a huge blow for Rangers as they seek to bring in more goals, and Sunderland will hope that promotion to the Championship – as well as the financial benefits that go with that – can help keep Stewart away from Ibrox.

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