Charlie Nicholas tips Newcastle to challenge Rangers for Dominic Solanke

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Charlie Nicholas has his doubts about whether Solanke would leave Liverpool for Rangers - how about joining Premier League strugglers Newcastle United?

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Roberto Firmino of Liverpool but it is later disallowed during the Premier League match between Liverpool...

Where will Dominic Solanke end up?

The Liverpool striker is a man in demand heading into the January transfer window with a whole host of clubs understood to be keen to sign him on loan.

The Express reported last week that Steven Gerrard had made Solanke his top target while Premier League duo Wolverhampton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town are also understood to be interested.

 

But, speaking to The Express (11 December, page 49), former Scotland international Charlie Nicholas has suggested that Rangers face a big challenge luring the England U21 star north of the border – and has backed a goal-shy Newcastle United side to make a move too.

“It is not a surprise because most of the teams at the bottom end of the English Premier League are looking to bring in at least one striker. I wouldn’t even be surprised if a club like Newcastle United tried to get him on loan,” Nicholas said.

“When you are getting offered the chance to play in the Premier League then a lot of people are asking, ‘Why would he go to Rangers?’.

“It is up to him if he wants to play for Steven Gerrard because it will be him and not Rangers that is the pull if he comes up here. That is the reality of where they are.”

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool and teammate Joe Gomez look happy after their victory in the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 17,...

Gerrard obviously has one big advantage on his side given that he has some rather useful connections at Liverpool, having spent the last two decades as a player and coach at Anfield.

And with Kyle Lafferty out of form, Umar Sadiq out of favour, and Alfredo Morelos’ ill-discipline coming under the microscope, there is certainly a place for Solanke at Ibrox.

But Newcastle could do a lot worse than to follow Nicholas’ advice with the former Chelsea youngster chomping at the bit after spending the first half of the season in Liverpool’s reserves.

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool volleys during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on September 16, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

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