News in the Daily Mirror today that Newcastle’s Nile Ranger is wanted on loan by new Birmingham manager Chris Hughton.
Nile Ranger – Birmingham interested
The current Birmingham strikers, Nikola Zigic and Cameron Jerome, who were one of the the weak links in the side last season because they just didn’t score enough goals, are out injured.
And new signing Marlon King is also injured, so it’s hardly surprising that Chris Hughton will turn to his former St James’ Park protege to help him out.
The almost 6’8″ Zigic has had surgery on a persistent groin problem, while King and Jerome have not trained since arriving back from vacation.
It’s not clear whether Newcastle will welcome a loan move for Nile Ranger, rather than a permanent deal, but we think that would be good for both parties, because it gives the 20 year-old a chance to show what he can do with regular games.
Nile would probably jump at the chance to go on loan to Birmingham, since he knows Chris Hughton very well, since Hughton was the manager who brought him through over the last couple of seasons on Tyneside.
Ranger played 30 times in Newcastle’s promotion season, and 28 times last season, and has scored 3 goals for the Magpies.