Report: Rangers to pay £1.5m fee in two instalments as Joe Garner nears Ibrox move

Preston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring their first goal with a penalty

Rangers will pay just £750,000 up front as Joe Garner nears a move to Ibrox.

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

According to STV, Rangers will pay £750,000 up front for Preston North End striker Joe Garner, with a further £750,000 to be paid in 2017, and add-ons taking the deal to around £1.7m.

Even after securing the signature of Leicester City's young forward Joe Dodoo, Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been keen to land another striker this summer, but he's been keeping his cards close to his chest amid links to a host of attacking players.

Joe Garner of Preston North End shoots at goalJoe Garner of Preston North End shoots at goal

Now though, one rumour does look to be coming true as Rangers are on the verge of signing Preston striker Joe Garner, according to STV.

Garner, 28, is a boyhood Preston supporter who has become a fan favourite during his time at Deepdale, but his three-and-a-half year stint with the club is set to come to an end in the coming days.

Joe Garner of Preston North EndJoe Garner of Preston North End

With just six goals for North End last season, Garner has endured a difficult 12 months, but he did hit 51 goals in the previous two seasons to prove himself as one of the Football League's most dangerous strikers.

Now, STV report that Garner is set to sign a three-year contract with Rangers, after the Gers agreed a £1.5m fee with Championship side Preston.

Preston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring the first goalPreston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring

It's stated that Rangers won't be paying £1.5m up front though. Instead, the Gers will spend half of that fee immediately, and pay the remaining £750,000 in 2017 – when Rangers may well have qualified for Europe.

The deal could rise ot around £1.7m depending on add-ons such as appearances, representing a huge outlay from Rangers and Warburton – but if Garner can score goals in Scotland, taking Rangers closer to Europe and possibly the Scottish Premiership title, it will be money well spent.

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