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Report: Rangers' cheeky payment plan for Daniel Johnson was rejected by Preston

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Rangers’ offer for Preston North End star Daniel Johnson totalled just £1.5million – and would be paid in four instalments.

It’s claimed that the only official bid from Rangers was £1.5million rather than £2million, and that offer was three weeks ago.

The £1.5million wouldn’t have been paid in full either, as Rangers cheekily wanted to stagger the payments across four stages to ease the hit on their budget right now.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Preston North End’s Daniel Johnson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Millwall at Deepdale on February 15, 2020 in Preston, England. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

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Preston unsurprisingly weren’t impressed with the offer, turning it down immediately; likely because they not only want more money, but also because there needs to be more money paid up front.

North End aren’t awash with cash, so losing a key player like Johnson with little time or funds to replace him would have been a nightmare.

Johnson, 27, is currently out of action with an injury, but Rangers do still want him according to reports from The Scottish Sun last week.

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Preston North End’s Daniel Johnson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Derby, England. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Jamaican hit 12 goals and eight assists last season, but has only played once for North End this term due to injury and transfer speculation.

Rangers have less than a week to get a deal done now, and they certainly need to come up with a better payment plan if they are to finally lure Johnson to Ibrox.

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