As Rangers enter the final hours of what has been the longest transfer window in recent memory, there are two links which appear to top the club’s shopping list.

A move for South African international Bongani Zungu is said to be “close” after reports in France claimed the Gers were set to resurrect a deal for the player [L’Equipe].

Links in the press have suggested Rangers have resurrected their interest in South African midfielder Bongani Zungu. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

The Ibrox side are also said to have made a loan-to-buy enquiry for talented Dutch attacking midfielder Juninho Bacuna who is currently plying his trade with Huddersfield Town [Nixon], whilst the Liverpool Echo believe that Rangers want to sign Mo Besic from Everton.

But with the emergence of both these moves, it appears that the proposed transfer of Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson is all but over.


The Jamaican playmaker was the subject of intense speculation earlier in the window with some reports even suggesting Rangers had secured a deal for the Deepdale club’s star man.

But after Preston rebuffed these claims with a very public statement, Lilywhites manager Alex Neil has also claimed that he expects the player to remain with the Championship club beyond the deadline.

Neil said he was “99%” sure that his squad will remain intact when the final whistle goes on what’s been an energy-sapping window.

“Everybody at every club has got a price on their head – if someone comes up with big money and it’ll need to be big money, then obviously we’d need to replace,” said Neil [Daily Record].

“But I’ve got absolutely no appetite whatsoever to sell anyone.”

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Those reports in the press and the comments of Alex Neil suggest Daniel Johnson will still be a Preston player come tomorrow morning. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Combine those comments with the fact that Rangers have been heavily linked with two other names on deadline day, and a deal for the midfielder seems all but dead.

Even if a former Rangers star and Johnson teammate believed that the playmaker himself was keen on the move.

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