Newcastle United’s Ranger off to Blackpool?

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

NILE Ranger is in talks with Blackpool over a move away from Newcastle United.

Ranger was told earlier this summer he would be allowed to leave St James’s Park in the transfer window.

And Bloomfield Road manager Ian Holloway has made a move for the striker, though the size of the club’s bid, as yet, is unclear.

Ranger showed much promise when he was given a first-team chance in the Championship the season before last, but the Londoner, a raw and pacy forward, failed to make an impression in the Premier League last term.

The 20-year-old started just one league game – the disappointing defeat to Aston Villa – and he struggled to make an impact off the bench.

Ranger’s only goal last season came in Newcastle’s Carling Cup win at Chelsea.

Crucially, Ranger’s off-the-field discipline and timekeeping were a concern for manager Alan Pardew, like they were for his predecessor Chris Hughton, who handed him his senior debut.

Ranger was also forced to apologise after being pictured posing with a ball bearing gun last season.

However, Holloway, looking to rebuild his squad with some of the money banked from Charlie Adam’s sale to Liverpool, has seen enough of Ranger over the past two years to believe he can add something to his side.

Holloway raved about Ranger after United’s defeat at Bloomfield Road the season before last, the forward having impressed him after coming off the bench.

Asked about Ranger, Holloway said: “Have a look at their sub (Ranger) when he came on – he can catch pigeons. Deary, deary me!”

Ranger is one of a number of players, among them Leon Best and Alan Smith, who have been told they can leave the club.