A reported summer Rangers target has put pen to paper on a new deal ending speculation linking him with a move to Ibrox.
Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson, 28, was reportedly the subject of a bid from Rangers in the summer with the Ibrox club thought to remain keen on a pre-contract move.
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Midfielder Daniel Johnson has signed a new contract with the Lilywhites until the summer of 2023.
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But after signing a two-year contract with Preston, Johnson has effectively ended any reported Rangers interest in the player.
“I am relieved, but I am very happy that it is done,” said Johnson [PNE].
“It is put to bed now and for quite a while it has been what I have focused on, so I can get tunnel vision and focus on my football.
“I have been here quite a while and I am happy to still be here. The goal now is to kick on and start producing what I know I can produce and keep helping the team.
“I have become one of the senior players at this football club and it is about showing that and helping pass on information to the younger boys in the squad.”
From a Preston POV this is a major piece of news given two other key starters are out of contract come the summer and reportedly negotiating deals elsewhere.
Ben Pearson is reportedly closing in on a move to Bournemouth whilst Ben Davies is reportedly on the verge of a move to Celtic.
According to Lancashire Live, Rangers failed with a £1.5m summer move for Johnson as the player commits his future to the Deepdale club.
There is one midfielder Rangers are reportedly closing in on this winter with the player’s current manager acknowledging a deal is “close”.