Report: Rangers and Wigan Athletic keen on Preston North End striker

Joe Garner (L) scores the first goal for Preston North End

The Latics are said to be weighing up a bid for Joe Garner amid interest from Mark Warburton's Ibrox giants, Rangers.

Preston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring their first goal with a penaltyGarner has played a key part in Preston's rise 

Wigan Athletic are weighing up a bid for Preston North End striker Joe Garner amid interest from Glasgow Rangers, the Sun reports (Monday edition, page 52).

Latics boss Gary Caldwell, a former Celtic player, reportedly sent scouts to watch the 28-year-old ahead of a possible £1 million bid.

However, Rangers could pose a threat to the Scot's hopes, with manager Mark Warburton reiterating his desire to add another striker on Sunday (Daily Record).

Garner played 41 times for Preston in last season's Championship, scoring six goals and making another eight.

Preston's Joe Garner scores their first goal from a penaltyGarner scores against first club Blackburn Rovers last season

However, the Lilywhites have already signed Simon Makienok and Callum Robinson this summer, taking their tally of recognised strikers to seven.

Charlton Athletic's Simon Makienok in actionGiant Dane Makienok is one of two attacking signings at Deepdale

And the pair's arrival could lead to Garner's exit, two years before his contract is due to expire.

The powerful front man, who was a teammate of new Ibrox recruit Lee Hodson at Watford, would bring a different dimension to Rangers' attack.

Joe Garner (L) scores the first goal for Preston North End5ft 10 Garner is a proficient target man

However, Wigan are also in need of reinforcements having allowed Billy McKay to join Oldham Athletic on loan, leaving just Will Grigg, Craig Davies and Sanmi Odelusi as recognised strikers.

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