Newcastle United have reportedly held discussions with the agent of Rangers starlet Alex Lowry and are now in pole position to sign him.
The attacking midfielder is a product of Rangers’ academy. He became part of the first team over the summer and has gone on to make four senior appearances, notching one goal and one assist.
Lowry, 18, picked up his Scottish Premiership debut in the 1-0 victory over Livingston in January.
He has also been on the bench in several of Rangers’ Europa League matches this term. But Giovanni van Bronckhorst is yet to give him the nod in that competition as the Gers eye European glory.
The teenager’s contract expires in 2023 and Rangers are working hard on a renewal. However, their first offer was rejected by Lowry.
The Scottish giants have since come back with improved terms worth £5,000 a week, which will last until 2024. They are waiting to see if this will be enough to tie him down.
Lowry could end up holding out for more money after learning of transfer interest from multiple Premier League teams.
Alex Lowry wanted at St James’ Park
Football Insider provide an update on Lowry’s situation. They claim his representative met Newcastle head of recruitment Steve Nickson ahead of the Magpies’ 1-0 win over Wolves earlier this month.
Nickson told the agent Newcastle were hopeful of completing a deal, should Lowry end up becoming available in the future.
As such, Eddie Howe’s side are at the front of the queue to bring him south of the border.
They will have to beat several top-flight rivals to the signing, although the other potential suitors are not named by the report.
Lowry could follow in the footsteps of Rangers academy graduate Nathan Patterson. He featured in 27 games for the Scottish outfit before moving to the Premier League in January.
Everton paid £16m to sign the right-back. He is yet to make a significant impact on Merseyside but could end up becoming Seamus Coleman’s long-term replacement.