Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton will attempt to bring Nile Ranger to St. Andrews from Newcastle United when the loan window opens on Thursday reports talkSPORT.

The 20-year-old striker is being earmarked as the man to fill the void left by Cameron Jerome, who left the Blues for Stoke City on transfer deadline day.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is keen to keep hold of Ranger, at least until he has added to his attacking options at St. James' Park - something that the Newcastle boss has been trying to do since the January sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool.

Ranger had been in talks with Birmingham and fellow Npower Championship side Blackpool over potential moves earlier this summer, but failed to agree personal terms.


The former England U19 international made 23 appearances for Newcastle - all from the bench last season, and so remains keen to gain more first-team experience on a temporary loan deal.

Having worked alongside Hughton during his time at St. James' Park, a move to Birmingham would likely appeal to Ranger, providing he is given the all-clear by Pardew by the end of the week.

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