Rangers are set to table an official bid for Preston North End star Daniel Johnson, Football Insider understands.

The versatile left-footed playmaker, 27, has emerged as a top target for Steven Gerrard’s side as they look to add more creative options before the transfer window shuts.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Johnson is in advanced talks to join Rangers following extensive discussions with Preston.

Johnson has told Preston boss Alex Neil he is “very keen” to join the Light Blues, who are readying a formal bid to strike an agreement.

Tellingly, the Jamaican failed to make the Preston matchday squad for their 1-0 defeat to Swansea City on Saturday.

Manager Alex Neil told the media to draw their own conclusions about the player’s glaring absence.

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The Championship club are vulnerable to losing the midfielder as he has entered the final nine months of a contract that expires next June.

Discussions over an extension to his deal have yet to result in an agreement, which has opened the door for suitors.

The Jamaican attacking midfielder is in demand after an impressive 2019-20 campaign in which he scored 12 goals and provided eights assists from 33 Championship matches.

Able to operate in advanced positions or in centra midfield, he has been a consistent scorer and creator for Preston across 219 matches for the club.

In addition to an eyecatching haul of 43 goals, he has also weighed in with 26 assists.

In other news, Rangers make move to sign £5m-valued forward for free on pre-contract.