Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has provided a transfer update amid high-profile links to Preston’s Caribbean midfielder Daniel Johnson.

The Jamaican is the Preston talisman and reports emerged earlier in the week that the Ibrox club had secured the player with one journalist claiming the deal was “done”.

Another Preston fan site had Johnson en route to Ibrox [Deepdale Digest] before the club themselves came out fighting claiming no deals for any of their players had been completed.

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Preston boss Alex Neil suggested he would not stand in the player’s way if he wanted to leave but then stressed that Rangers must make the club a “proper offer” to tempt them to sell.

Reports down south claimed that the Gers had a structured deal of just under £2m rebuffed with the player in the final 10 months of his contract [Lancashire Post].

 

Reports in Scotland have suggested Preston would be willing to deal at £4m [Daily Record] and Steven Gerrard has now fielded questions about the reported interest in a press conference.

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Speaking ahead of Rangers’ Europa League QR2 match with Lincoln Red Imps, Gerrard was predictably tight-lipped as he reiterated the Gers are in the market for reinforcements.

When asked if there was “any update” on the situation surrounding Johnson Gerrard said:

“No, and I won’t mention any of the targets that we’re pursuing.

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Reported Rangers target and Caribbean midfielder Daniel Johnson netted an injury time penalty winner for Preston in a 2-1 victory over Derby County amid reports linking him to Ibrox. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

“I don’t think that’s right or respectful so I won’t be mentioning any names in here today but again I’ll say that we looking to add to the squad.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has previously made it clear that he is looking to add to the Ibrox engine-room before the transfer window closes on October 5th.

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