Available for just £4m, should Newcastle United re-sign Rangers' James Tavernier?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

James Tavernier has shone at Scottish Premiership giants Rangers but failed to make the breakthrough at Newcastle United.

James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates after he scores a penalty during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow,...

James Tavernier has been a dazzling bright spark in a disappointing season for Rangers with nine goals and nine assists to his name from right-back.

But the price-tag slapped on the 27-year-old’s head prior to the summer transfer window surely means there is a chance he won’t be playing at Ibrox in 2018/19. According to the Scottish Sun, Rangers will demand £4 million for Tavernier amid interest from Crystal Palace.

James Tavernier of Rangers scores a penalty during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Premier League sides would have no difficulty paying that sort of fee in today’s market and, with Tavernier a reliable source of goals and assists due to his set-piece prowess and pinpoint deliveries. You can expect that the swashbuckling full-back will have suitors outside of Selhurst Park too.

And, for that £4 million fee, Newcastle United should give some thought to handing Tavernier a second chance at St James’ Park.

Tavernier joined Newcastle back in 2008 after a spell in Leeds United’s academy but left for Wigan Athletic six years later having made just 11 appearances in The Magpies’ first-team.

James Tavernier of Newcastle United during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on September 26, 2012 in Manchester, England.

But Newcastle could do with another right-back this summer with Jesus Gamez on his way out and Javier Manquillo hardly starring in his debut campaign on Tyneside. DeAndre Yedlin, the jet-heeled USA international, is Rafa Benitez’s first-choice but he could do with some competition.

And Tavernier would give Newcastle an excellent option, another creative talent in a side that has found goals a little difficult to come by since returning to the Premier League.

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch