Simon Grayson confirms Rangers' bid to lure striker Joe Garner to Ibrox, want decision made today

Joe Garner of Preston North End in action with Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough

Rangers are moving to bring striker Joe Garner to Ibrox.

Joe Garner of Preston North End in action with Adam Forshaw of MiddlesbroughJoe Garner of Preston North End in action with Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough

Preston boss Simon Grayson has told the Lancashire Evening Post that the club have received a bid from Rangers for striker Joe Garner.

Garner, 28, endured a difficult campaign last season with just six goals to his name in the Championship, and that was a particular disappointment considering his record in League One.

Preston's Joe Garner celebrates after scoring their first goal from a penaltyPreston's Joe Garner celebrates after scoring from a penalty

With 43 goals in two seasons at League One level for Preston, Garner was tipped to make a major impact in the second tier - but instead, he's struggled to find the back of the net.

However, The Scottish Sun report that Rangers are keen to lure Garner to Ibrox, with manager Mark Warburton looking towards the former Nottingham Forest and Watford striker for a boost up front.

Garner started for Preston in their 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday afternoon despite speculation surrounding his future at Deepdale, where he has become a fan favourite having grown up supporting the Lilywhites.

Preston North End manager Simon GraysonPreston North End manager Simon Grayson

Now though, Garner's time at Preston could be coming to an end. North End boss Simon Grayson has spoken to the Lancashire Evening Post, and confirmed that Rangers have now made an undisclosed bid to sign Garner.

Grayson added that Preston haven't accepted or rejected the bid just yet, and will speak to Garner to figure out what the player himself wants to do regarding his future.

The Preston manager also stated that he wants a decision made by the end of the day, as Preston face Derby County on Tuesday night, and Grayson needs to know whether Garner will be involved, or be heading to Ibrox.

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson.Preston North End manager Simon Grayson.

"We have had a bid from Rangers but we haven’t accepted or declined it at this moment in time," said Grayson. "We will be speaking to Joe to get an opinion on what he wants to do and try and get it concluded one way or the other. There are talks going on between Joe, myself and representatives but ultimately we are in a position where we don’t have to sell – we don’t have to sell players to finance other deals."

"In Joe, we have a player who is under contract for two more years. Ultimately, it might boil down to if Joe wants to leave or not. I would like to have it nipped in the bud, ideally by the end of today (Monday). I am preparing for a game on Tuesday night and I need to know if Joe Garner is going to be involved in the squad or not. It needs to be put to bed one way or the other," he added.

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