Sources: Club move to block Rangers luring left footer in January after £2m bid

Preston North End will make fresh attempts to tie Daniel Johnson down to a new contract after fending off Rangers during the transfer window, Football Insider understands.

The left-footed midfielder, 28, was axed from the North End squad earlier in the season as the Glasgow giants pushed hard to lure him to Ibrox.

Rangers had a £2million bid for Johnson rejected as the Championship club held firm on their £4m valuation.

The 10-week gap until the January window provides a fresh opportunity for Preston to work on securing Johnson to a long-term deal.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that is the plan of Alex Neil’s side as they regard Johnson as crucial to their promotion hopes.

Rangers were not willing to meet Preston’s summer asking price for the versatile midfielder but he will be cheaper in January if he does not sign a contract extension.

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Johnson has entered the last eight months of his current deal, which expires next summer.

Rangers have proved adept at luring out-of-contract players north of the border in recent years, with Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo and Allan McGregor among those signed on free transfers.

Johnson has failed to make Neil’s squad for six of their eight matches this season.

But that was partly due to a groin injury he sustained last month and from which he is now fully recovered.

The Jamaican was an unused substitute in Preston’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City on Sunday.

In other news, Rangers have made move to sign the “best player in Scotland”.