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Rangers blow as Championship club not selling star striker – report

By Will Butcher

Rangers’ hopes of signing goal-getter Joe Garner have taken a blow after Championship side Preston North End have no interest in selling, according to a report.

The 28-year-old has been the Lilywhites’ main source of goals in the last three seasons, scoring an impressive 57 goals in 133 appearances in all competitions.

The Lancashire Evening Post have reported that manager Simon Grayson has no intention of selling his star-striker, as they prepare to avoid another Championship relegation dog fight.

Former Leeds manager Grayson is under no pressure to sell Garner, as he still has two years remaining on his Deepdale contract.

Additionally, it was reported that no official bid has been lodged from any team, with the start of the new season drawing close.

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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, this Premier League manager has praised the work Warburton is doing at Ibrox.