According to Football Insider, Preston have offered a new deal in the region of £17,000-a-week to playmaker Daniel Johnson.

North End have entered the January transfer window facing a key month, with five key players entering the final six months of their contracts.

One of them is midfielder Johnson, who was the subject of a £1.5million bid from Rangers over the summer, which would have been spread over four payments.

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The Lancashire Evening Post reported that Preston rejected that offer, and Johnson was reintegrated into the North End side having missed the opening day defeat to Swansea City.

The January window is now open, meaning that Johnson would be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with Rangers if they came calling this month.

However, it’s now claimed that North End have made an offer to make Johnson the highest-paid player in the club’s history at around £17,000-a-week.

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We were told a few weeks ago that such an offer was on the table to the Jamaican, but haven’t heard any more about the potential of him signing a deal to stay.

Make no mistake, this would be a huge boost for North End. Johnson has bagged three goals and three assists this season, and has been key for Alex Neil throughout his time as Preston boss.

It sounds like the ball is very much in Johnson’s court right now, and Preston will hope to get the contract signed and fend Rangers off once and for all.

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