Reports have begun to intensify around Rangers’ interest in Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson after a Daily Mirror journalist claimed the deal was “done”.
Jonny Hulme reported that the Jamaican midfielder and Town talisman was on his way to Ibrox with a deal to be announced “early this week”.
— Jonny Hulme (@HulmeJonny) September 13, 2020
This came after the journalist had claimed a fee had been agreed between the two parties with Hulme suggesting all that had to be ironed out were personal terms.
The Daily Record put a nod to “sources in England” in a story concerning Johnson after Hulme’s tweets but as of yet there has been official intimation north of the border a deal is concluded.
Preston fan site The Deepdale Digest are also reporting that they believe the deal is edging closer.
Sources close to the outlet have told the fans site that a fee “somewhere in the region of £2.5m to £3m” has been agreed.
This would be a substantial outlay considering the talented midfielder, 27, is entering the final year of his contract at Deepdale.
Freelance journalist Alex Monroe has also claimed that a fee has been “agreed” between the two clubs and that Johnson will be announced at Ibrox this week.
— Alex Monroe (@AlexMonroe39) September 13, 2020
The news comes after Johnson was left out of the Preston squad for their 1-0 opening day Championship defeat to Swansea.
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.”
Johnson hit twelve goals and laid on eight assists in 33 Championship games last season and was part of the reason why Preston managed an admirable 9th place finish.