Rangers' pursuit of Daniel Johnson appears to be over as they reportedly near new signing

Rangers have been pursuing Daniel Johnson in recent weeks, but they now look unlikely to strike a late deal for the Preston star.

The Gers emerged with a move on the eve of the Championship season last month, meaning Johnson was left out of the side that lost 1-0 to Swansea City at Deepdale.

Johnson’s only appearance so far this season came in the Carabao Cup win over Derby County as he came on as a substitute, but he has since been out with an injury.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Preston North End’s Daniel Johnson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Preston North End at Ashton Gate on July 22, 2020 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Ian Cook – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The LEP reported last week that Rangers’ only bid so far was worth just £1.5million across four payments, which Preston rather unsurprisingly rejected immediately.

£1.5million for our Player of the Year isn’t enough anyway, never mind with just a fraction of it paid up front to try and replace him before the deadline.

Rangers haven’t returned with a new offer, and it seems that they have now moved on to a new target as they attempt to rush through a signing before the window slams shut.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Preston North End’s Daniel Johnson scores his side’s third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Barnsley at Deepdale on October 5, 2019 in Preston, England. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Daily Record claim that Rangers are set to sign Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu on loan with a view to a permanent deal, having pursued him for much of the summer.

Johnson may have been a backup target for Rangers if they couldn’t land Zungu, and it’s hard to imagine that they will now pursue both Johnson and Zungu today.

That will be a major boost for Preston, but the big issue remains that Johnson is out of contract in 2021, meaning that Rangers could sign him on a pre-contract agreement in January if they still fancy him – but for now, we’re taking this as good news.

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