Birmingham boss Chris Hughton will give former charge Nile Ranger the chance to rebuild his career with a loan move to Birmingham City, according to a report today on the Mirror Football website.
A spate of off-field problems has marred Ranger’s progress for Newcastle and he has not been involved at all in the Magpies’ barnstorming start to the Premier League season.
With that in mind, Hughton is in discussions to bring the 20 year-old striker to St Andrews and is set to offer him a promise of regular football, albeit in the Championship.
The Blues manager is keen to recruit in order to push for promotion back to the top tier of English football and is well aware of Ranger’s abilities.
However, Newcastle owner is allegedly reluctant to sanction a loan move because he would rather make the player’s exit permanent.
An England Under-19 international, Ranger was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in Newcastle’s Cathedral Square at the end of last month, a charge that came just days after his reinstatement into the first team following a three-month exile in the club’s reserves.
Now placed third in the Premiership table, Alan Pardew’s men are still unbeaten ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester City.