A local report from Lancashire is claiming that Rangers have not agreed a deal with Preston North End over midfielder Daniel Johnson, contrary to reports.
The Lancashire Post is claiming that Rangers had a structured approach of less than £2m knocked back by the Deepdale club with Preston awaiting Rangers’ next move concerning the player.
The report claims that £2m is “a figure way below North End’s value of Johnson”, who is in the final year of his contract, and that
This is in direct contradiction to a spate of reports down south which claim the player’s move to Ibrox is imminent.
Daily Mirror journalist Jonny Hulme kicked off the story claiming that the deal was “done” after a fee had been agreed between the clubs.
— Jonny Hulme (@HulmeJonny) September 13, 2020
This was then backed up by fans page the Deepdale Digest which claimed that Preston had negotiated a fee of between “£2.5m to £3m” for the player.
Confusion now reins over the deal with contradictory reports claiming both a deal has been struck and that is hasn’t.
Of the three sources the Lancashire Post certainly holds the most weight but nothing has been confirmed by either Rangers or the Scottish press over the last 24 hours.
The reports come after Johnson, 27, was left out of the Preston team for their opening day defeat against Swansea City in the English Championship.
When asked by BBC Lancashire if he could update them as to why Johnson wasn’t on the team sheet, Preston boss Alex Neil simply said “no”.
"No DJ on the sheet today, can you update us as to why?"
"No."#Preston North End boss Alex Neil declines to comment on the whereabouts of midfielder Daniel Johnson.
— BBC Lancashire Sport (@BBCLancsSport) September 12, 2020
When pressed on the subject by the Lancashire Post, Neil added:
“I’m not going to discuss any individual player’s situation, that isn’t fair.
“People will jump to their own conclusions and don’t really understand the situation.
“I’m not going to comment on it.”