The Daily Record have claimed that Rangers will have to spend more than £4million to sign Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson this summer, despite the Jamaican star’s contract ending next summer.
Johnson, 27, caught plenty of attention last season with some stunning performances in the middle of the park for Alex Neil’s side. He scored 12 goals from midfield in 33 Championship appearances, and laid on a further eight assists.
The latest report states that Neil has held talks with Johnson, and made it clear that the Championship side will not prevent his dream move – if Rangers meet the midfielder’s asking price. Rangers have also held talks with Preston.
It was initially believed that a fee of £2million could be considered, but now it is stated that Rangers would have to splash at least £4million for Preston to consider a sale – despite Johnson’s contract situation.
TBR’s view – Johnson would be ideal for Rangers
Looking at Steven Gerrard’s Rangers right now, it is hard to pinpoint what the club requires in the transfer market. A solid defence that has kept seven clean sheets in their first seven league games is backed up by an excellent midfield.
In attack, Alfredo Morelos remains while Ianis Hagi, Kemar Roofe and Ryan Kent are all chipping in with goals. But perhaps connecting the midfield and attack is crucial, and therefore a goalscoring midfielder is needed.
Johnson’s form last season shows he would be a great signing for the Gers. But at more than £4million, is he worth it? Gerrard might be better advised to wait until January and strike a pre-contract agreement.