Rangers submit bid for England-based player, club respond
By Tom Blackburn
Rangers have submitted a bid for Preston striker Joe Garner, it was confirmed on Monday.
Preston manager Simon Grayson has admitted that the club are weighing up the offer for the prolific 28-year-old front man.
“We have had a bid from Rangers but we haven’t accepted or declined it at this moment in time,” Grayson told the Lancashire Evening Post on Monday morning.
“We will be speaking to Joe to get an opinion on what he wants to do and try to get it concluded one way or the other.
“That is not to say we have to sell, sometimes you have to give the player the opportunity to see what he wants to do.
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“It can be unfair if you decline an offer and a player wants to go.
“There are talks going on between Joe, myself and representatives but ultimately we are in a position where we don’t have to sell – we don’t have to sell players to finance other deals.
“In Joe, we have a player who is under contract for two more years.”
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.
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.
In other Rangers transfer news, they table an offer for a France international.