Sunderland striker David Healy poised for emergency loan switch to Rangers

29 January 2011 01:59
Rangers were last night closing in on a loan deal for Northern Ireland striker David Healy.

Ibrox manager Walter Smith has sanctioned a contract until the end of the season for the 31-year-old, back at Sunderland following an emergency loan deal at Doncaster Rovers.

Searching for cover following the departure of top scorer Kenny Miller, Rangers have reached agreement with Sunderland on the bones of a deal. It's expected that Healy will travel north before tomorrow's Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final clash with Motherwell to formally sign.

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Healy made six starts for Doncaster, scoring two goals, and his arrival will kill any lingering interest in the former Ibrox duo of Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo.

A former Leeds, Fulham and Manchester United striker, the player has been linked with his boyhood idols on countless occasions, but finally looks set to achieve a long-term ambition by donning a Rangers shirt.

Seen as a useful option to come off the bench, Healy signed for Sunderland two years ago but has had a largely unfulfilled spell in the north east, starting just three competitive matches for the club.

Walter Smith is also keen to secure defensive cover and, despite a search for younger players, may yet turn to Portsmouth's 35-year-old Icelandic centre half Hermann Hreidarsson.

Meanwhile, fringe youngster Rory Loy left the club yesterday to join League One Carlisle. 

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Source: Daily_Mail