Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed his former Aston Villa teammate and Rangers target Daniel Johnson wants a different challenge after he was offered a club-record Preston North End deal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England striker suggested Johnson’s contribution to North End warranted “better terms”.

Football Insider revealed this week the 28-year-old has been offered a big-money contract at Deepdale worth £17,000-a-week – a club record.

His current deal expires at the end of the season meaning he is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with Rangers this month.

The Glasgow giants saw a £2million bid for the attacking midfielder rejected in the last transfer window with Preston valuing Johnson at £4million.

“Sometimes you just want a different challenge,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider. “He’s been at Preston a while now.

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“He’s a real quality midfielder, I was at Villa with him when he was in the reserve team. He’s got legs, he can tackle and most importantly he can score goals, he’s got great technique.

“Maybe it’s a challenge he might want, something different. If it’s Rangers or a different club.

“I don’t blame him either because he might be looking at Preston as a team that won’t get promoted and he wants a different change.

“Maybe, as well, the contract offer they’ve offered him doesn’t reflect how well he’s been playing and maybe he deserves better terms.”

Rangers target

Johnson joined Preston from Villa for just £50,000 in January 2015 and has played 237 times for the Championship side.

The Jamaica international has scored 47 goals and provided 29 assists for the Lilywhites.

In other news, a top pundit has suggested Rangers could lure a London-based 21-year-old to replace Borna Barisic after a bid from Stoke City.