Manager: Rangers are sniffing around this England-based striker
By Alex Stevens
Rangers are interested in signing Preston striker Joe Garner, according to Lilywhites manager Simon Grayson.
The 28-year-old has been the Championship club’s main source of goals since joining in January 2013, scoring an impressive 57 goals in 150 appearances in all competitions.
The Scottish Daily Record claimed on Saturday that the striker is high on Mark Warburton’s shortlist after the manager admitted that he is in the market for a striker.
This was later confirmed by the Preston boss in the wake of his team’s 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday.
“Rangers are sniffing around and they want to take Joe Garner,” said Grayson, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “We are not looking to sell.
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“We don’t want to sell anybody but every player has a price.”
The Daily Record said Preston are likely to demand at least £1million for the player, Garner is open to the move and Rangers will try to make it happen.
Former Leeds manager Grayson is under no pressure to offload Garner, as he still has two years remaining on his Deepdale contract.
“We will sit down if anyone comes in with an offer and contemplate it and we will do the right thing for the football club,” the Preston manager added to the BBC.
“We are not looking to actively sell him, there has been enquiries which we will talk about over the next 24-48 hours.
“They have talked a few figures here and there and we will only sell for the best value we can get.
“We don’t have to sell, we will only sell if we have a player who wants to leave the club.
“I spoke to Joe this morning and he just wants to get on and play his football.”
The centre-forward has scored more than 100 career goals during his 10 years in the football league, plying his trade for sides such as Carlisle, Nottingham Forest and Watford.
Rangers are keen to add more recruits to their side as manager Mark Warburton looks to mount a title challenge against Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The Gers are yet to sign a recognised centre-forward this summer, but have brought in attacking players Niko Kranjcar, Joe Dodoo and Josh Windass.
The former Brentford boss has instead been more focused on solidifying his defence, bringing in experienced trio Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Matt Gilks.
It remains to be seen whether the Gers make a formal bid for the Championship hotshot, but will face competition from Preston’s new domestic rivals Wigan who are also interested in signing the former Football League One Player of the Year.
In other Rangers transfer news, they have tabled an offer for a France international.