Alex Neil could reunite with Daniel Johnson amid new rumours that the Preston North End midfielder could join Stoke City.

The Mirror’s Darren Witcoop reports on Twitter that Stoke boss Neil is interested in signing Johnson.

The Potters released a number of players on Wednesday, confirming exits for the likes of Phil Jagielka, Morgan Fox, Aden Flint, Demeaco Duhaney, Nick Powell, Sam Clucas and Tashan Oaklye-Boothe.

Witcoop notes that Stoke are now clearing the decks for Neil to make some signings, with Johnson now a prime target.

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Johnson is out of contract at PNE this summer and there has been no word on a new deal for the playmaker.

The 30-year-old was a prominent player for PNE under Neil, racking up 27 goals and 19 assists in 141 games under the Scot.

Johnson has never played more games, scored more goals or produced more assists under any other manager in his career.

Now seemingly ready to move on a free transfer, Johnson and Neil could join forces once again at Stoke.

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Daniel Johnson exit a sad situation for PNE

Johnson wasn’t fit to face Sunderland on Monday, meaning there was no big send-off for the Jamaican.

With no news about a new contract, we can only assume that Johnson will be on his way in the coming weeks.

It’s difficult to truly explain just how important Johnson has been in recent years.

Signed from Aston Villa for just £50,000 in 2015, Johnson made an immediate impact to help PNE win promotion to the Championship.

Johnson has been a fixture of the North End team for the last eight years now, making close to 350 appearances for the club.

Fans haven’t had the opportunity to say goodbye to Johnson and could now see him join a Championship rival.

That will sting but after a mixed season under Ryan Lowe, you could hardly blame Johnson for wanting to play under Neil again.

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