Daniel Johnson has been linked with Rangers in recent days – and we now believe the deal to be close.
Two sources have told Deepdale Digest that a fee has been agreed between Rangers and Preston, and a deal could go through soon.
The reports of Johnson possibly moving for £2million are wide of the mark, with Preston receiving somewhere in the region of £2.5million to £3million according to what we have heard.
Barring any late hitches, we now believe Johnson’s move to Rangers will go through imminently, and the Daily Record claim that sources have told them that a deal is close too.
The 27-year-old didn’t play in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Swansea City, possibly because his move to Rangers was drawing closer.
Johnson was at Deepdale to watch the game, and he saw a Preston side struggling without his creativity and poise on the ball.
The fee will be disappointing to some; £2.5million to £3million for our top goalscorer last season seems like a very low fee, especially after selling Callum Robinson for around £7million.
However, Johnson would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with Rangers in January, meaning he would walk away for free if they came calling in just four months.
Bringing up to £3million would at least bolster the finances, but the money must be reinvested; too often, Preston have sold key players and failed to replace them.
Despite hope for Josh Harrop this season, there is no player in the squad who can really match Johnson’s output right now, and Alex Neil deserves to be backed with funds.