Former Newcastle United defender James Tavernier could be heading back to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Arsenal reportedly keen.

That’s according to, who have reported that the Rangers captain is a target for two of the ‘big six’. They add that Brighton and Norwich are also potential destinations.

Tavernier has been linked with a move back to England for years now, but remains at Ibrox.

He recently lifted the Scottish Premiership title, as Rangers ended Celtic’s dominance north of the border.

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Since joining Rangers in 2015, Tavernier has really kicked on. He joined them in the Championship, and has played an important role in their rise back to the top of Scottish football.

The 29-year-old scores an incredible amount of goals despite playing at right-back, mainly down to his set piece brilliance.

In total, Tavernier has scored 65 goals for the Gers. He can also be the provider, recording 16 assists this season.


If Newcastle had known he would turn out to be this good, perhaps they wouldn’t have sold him to Wigan in 2014.

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James Tavernier failed to deliver at Newcastle

Newcastle signed Tavernier in 2008 when he was 16.

He only made 10 appearances for Newcastle’s first-team, two of which came in the Premier League.

Sadly, most of his time as a Magpie was spent out on loan.

But luckily for Tavernier, his move to Rangers has revitalised his career after a tough six years at St James’ Park.

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The fact he’s been linked with clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal shows how much he has developed.

However, it seems highly unlikely that he’ll move to one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’. With all due respect to, some of their transfer rumours are often wide of the mark.

This feels like one of those occasions.

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