Ross Wilson is driving Rangers’ £2 million pursuit of Preston North End ace Daniel Johnson, with the Daily Record reporting the club’s director of football is watching him closely.
Try as they might, the Scottish Premiership giants have found luring a midfielder to Ibrox in this transfer window far more difficult than they imagined.
A £3.5 million deal for South Africa international Bongani Zungu fell through because of concerns over his fitness (Courier Picard). Meanwhile, Aliou Traore and Niklas Dorsch moved elsewhere, while Dejan Ljubicic has confirmed his desire to captain Rapid Vienna this season rather than move to Ibrox.
With only weeks until the transfer window closes, Rangers have now turned to a man whose inspirational performances have slipped under the radar south of the border.
Johnson, a 27-year-old Jamaica-born playmaker, is the man who makes this exciting and technically gifted Preston team tick.
With 12 goals and eight assists in just 34 games during an injury-hit 2019/20 campaign, the one-time Aston Villa youngster is in the form of his life – reflected in his player of the year award at North End.
“He has been incredible this season,” said manager Alex Neil, who will be desperate to block Rangers’ approach.
The Record claims Ross Wilson, Rangers’ recruitment chief with an eye for a bargain, is at the heart of a £2 million pursuit.
Preston will want Johnson to stay to build on last year’s ninth-place finish but, with only one year left on his contract, any offers will surely be considered.
Rangers’ record transfers
Tore Andre Flo (2000)
Ryan Kent (2019)
Michael Ball (2001)
Mikel Arteta (2002)
Giovani van Bronckhorst (1998)