Rangers are reportedly keen on signing Preston North End playmaker Daniel Johnson – and a move may have move a step closer yesterday.
The Daily Record report that Rangers’ director of football Ross Wilson is leading the chase for Johnson, with a £2million offer rumoured.
That report noted that Preston want much more than £2million, even with Johnson out of contract at Deepdale next summer.
It was therefore notable that Johnson wasn’t in the Preston squad to face Swansea City on Saturday after game – a game that Preston lost 1-0 and missed Johnson sorely in.
There doesn’t appear to be an injury with the Jamaican, so many now believe that he is on his way to Ibrox in the near future.
After the final whistle at Deepdale, Preston boss Alex Neil was very non-committal on the situation when asked by the Lancashire Evening Post.
“There is no latest,” said Neil. “I’m not going to discuss any individual player’s situation, that isn’t fair. People will jump to their own conclusions and don’t really understand the situation. I’m not going to comment on it,” he added.
It’s worth noting that Neil is fairly blunt in press conferences at the best of times, so his answer won’t have been a huge surprise for Preston fans.
Neil can’t slow down these Rangers rumours though, and it will be hard to keep Johnson at the club given his contract situation.