Rangers face Blues battle for highly rated United striker

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Highly rated SPL striker David Goodwillie has emerged as a summer transfer target for Birmingham City reports the Daily Mirror.

The Dundee United front man has enjoyed a successful season in the Scottish Premier League which has seen him bag 15 goals in 33 appearances this campaign.

Goodwillie's fine form has also attracted the attention of Glasgow Rangers, with manager Walter Smith rumoured to have been considering a move for the newly capped Scotland international in the recent January transfer window.

Gers assistant manager Ally McCoist who takes over the reigns at Ibrox at the end of the season has also sounded out his interest in the 22-year-old strike sensation, adding fuel to the speculation that Rangers could renew their interest in the summer.


After scoring in six consecutive league games at the start of the season – form which prompted his first international call-up in November 2010 by former United manager Craig Levein.

Tannadice chairman Stephen Thompson slapped a £4million price tag on his star striker in an attempt to ward off interest from Rangers as well as other potential suitors.

However, with additional interest being shown by former Gers and current Birmingham boss Alex McLeish, Goodwillie's time with the Terrors could be on the verge of coming to an end.

The Blues will be looking to add to their attacking options in the summer, with a permanent deal for loan striker Obafemi Martins failing to materialise and veteran striker Kevin Phillips out of contract in June.

McLeish is likely to step up his interest in Goodwillie, and is prepared to fight Rangers for the Scot's signature by testing Dundee United's resolve with an offer of £3million.

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