The Spanish striker’s contract expires at the end of the season and after the player’s agent intimated that his client would not be signing a new deal, Rangers raised their interest in the former Dundee United man with Nikica Jelavic’s future at Ibrox in doubt.
Despite interest from Rangers, Steve Lomas hopes to keep the Spaniard at McDiarmid Park. He told the Sunday Mail: “Rangers want him to sign a pre-contract. If they want to get him now then they have to speak to me and make an offer.
“Hopefully Fran will be lining up against Rangers next week, not playing for them.”
St.Johnstone chairman Steve Brown added: “It’s my understanding Rangers have spoken to Fran but there’s no agreement at present. We have parties interested in Scotland and England yet there have been no concrete offers. We have offered Fran probably the best deal of any Saints player in recent times, but can’t compete with offers of £5000 a week or more.”
“We don’t want to lose him before May. We have targeted a top six place. There are no guarantees in football but his goals could be the difference between the top and bottom six. That would be the starting point for any bid.”