Charlton have emerged a favourites to land Rangers’ midfielder Greg Docherty on loan this month according to reports.

The 23-year-old looked to be heading to Sunderland earlier this week but negotiations hit a snag when the Ibrox outfit wanted the Black Cats to increase their offer on the player’s wages.

Docherty, however, looks set to leave Steven Gerrard’s side this month after failing to secure regular football under the former Liverpool captain, and according to the Glasgow Times, Charlton have taken advantage of the contract stalemate with Sunderland and leapfrogged the queue for his services.

The former Hamilton man has made just five first team appearances for the Scottish giants this season and Gerrard has said he will not stand in the way of any player needing regular game time if they wish to leave.

That said he was part of Gerrard’s squat that went to Dubai for the winter training cramp.

Shrewsbury, where he spent a successful loan last season, scoring seven goals in 41 appearances on his way to winning their player of the year award, are also believed to be interested, but the Addicks' offer of Championship football may prove decisive.

Lee Bowyer has made no secret of his desire to bring in new bodies following the departures of Conor Gallagher and Beram Kayal last week. With Andre Green the only new face at The Valley this month, and still with a number on the injury table, there is a sense of urgency for recruitment.

It’s thought that Joe Aribo’s move to the Gers in the summer may help any negotiations between the clubs for Docherty.