League One Sunderland missed out on signing Rangers’ Scottish Premiership outcast Greg Docherty earlier in the summer but aren’t giving up yet.

It is well documented that Greg Docherty is not part of Steven Gerrard’s immediate plans at Rangers.

The 21-year-old midfielder only arrived at Ibrox from Hamilton in the January transfer window and made a positive impression on supporters, some of whom likened him to the former Gers captain Steven Davis.

But after bringing in Scott Arfield, Ovie Ejaria and Lassana Coulibaly, Docherty has tumbled down the pecking order and hasn’t featured in any of Gerrard’s five competitive games so far.

Now, it was expected that the energetic midfielder would leave on loan for the 2018/19 season but latest reports in the Northern Echo suggest that Rangers would consider selling him too. Sunderland have been heavily linked and it is being reported that they have been told it will take £675,000 to sign Docherty permanently.

This is the same fee Rangers paid Hamilton seven months ago, so it seems they would be happy to recoup their investment.

The Northern Echo reports that Sunderland manager Jack Ross is a big fan of Docherty and is now considering whether or not to make a new move, having seen a deal collapse earlier in the summer.

It is reported, however, that a number of Championship clubs have been in contact with Rangers too and this is a potential blow to Sunderland’s hopes.

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