Daniel Johnson could be set to stay at Preston North End for the foreseeable future as Alex Neil delivered a positive update on his contract situation.
The Jamaica international is out of contract at the end of the current season, and Scottish giants Rangers tried to prize him away at the start of the current campaign but failed in a £1.5 million offer.
The Gers were reported to be back in the mix though this month following an apparent rejection of a club-record contract offer from North End to their number 11, although local Glasgow reports denied that the Gers had made another move for him.
A significant transfer update from Rangers this weekend though saw them apparently tie down Bournemouth duo Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Ofoborh on pre-contract deals next season, per the Daily Record, meaning that Johnson may now not even be in their sights.
North End boss Neil said that Johnson’s contract status wasn’t the same as Ben Pearson’s, who has told the club he won’t be around next season, with the Scot saying that he was ‘hoping‘ that DJ would choose to remain at Deepdale.
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And Neil gave another positive update to LancsLive yesterday following North End’s stalemate with Reading, saying: “We want Daniel to stay and I think Daniel does want to stay.
“It’s just really a case of getting bits and pieces done.”
Despite not being in the kind of form he reached last season, Johnson potentially signing a new deal with Preston is a major positive.
There will be a lot of depth to Alex Neil’s engine room if that were to be the case, with Alan Browne, Johnson, Ryan Ledson and Ben Whiteman all tied-down to long-term deals – all of whom offer something very different.
This development might be a case of Rangers’ interest dying down due to pursuing Ofoborh instead, and considering the Jamaican rejected £17,000-per week earlier in the month from PNE, he’s likely to get a massive financial boost out of this new deal.
The former Aston Villa man has been at the Lancashire outfit for six years now, and in the coming weeks North End fans will be crossing their fingers for a confirmation of him sticking around for the foreseeable future.