Agent confirms Lewis Macleod interest - Aston Villa and Newcastle link

The agent of Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod has confirmed that interest is being shown in a player linked with Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Rangers’ financial struggles have been well documented and sales are expected in January.

The Ibrox outfit have become accustomed to seeing their prized assets picked off, and Ally McCoist maybe be about to see his resources cut once again.

Among those said to be generating interest from south of the border is Lewis Macleod.

The highly-rated 20-year-old was never going to be kept under wraps for long after graduating out of the Gers’ academy system.

Premier League pair Aston Villa and Newcastle United are among those said to be closely monitoring his situation, with New Year approaches being mooted.

Macleod’s representative concedes that there has been contact, with an untimely hamstring injury failing to put off suitors.

Paul Martin said in the Daily Record: “There has been interest in Lewis from more than one team but that’s all I’d say on the matter.”

Macleod is a playmaking midfielder who has represented Scotland at every youth level up to the U21 ranks.

His potential is clear for all to see and he would appear to possess the attributes required to be a success in England.

He would, inevitably, need time in which to adjust to the Premier League scene, having never previously competed at that level.

A switch to a Newcastle or a Villa would allow him to be eased into the fold, though, with Alan Pardew and Paul Lambert boasting the squad depth that means he would not be thrown in at the deep end.

A January move would make sense for all concerned, allowing the youngster to get a look at his new surroundings before kicking on during a full pre-season over the summer.

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