EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

George Edmundson has turned down a move to Portsmouth as he holds out for a move to Rangers, Football Insider has learned.

As revealed by Football Insider, the League One club looked to be in pole position to sign the in-demand Oldham defende after agreeing a fee in excess of £600,000 for him last week.

Edmundson was also given permission by Oldham to hold talks with the south-coast club over a potential move to Fratton Park.

Ibrox source have now told Football Insider that, following much deliberation, the 21-year-old has opted to reject a switch to Portsmouth as he has his heart set on joining Rangers.

This is a huge boost to Steven Gerrard’s hopes of signing a player he is convinced can make a big impact as his side look to narrow the gap on serial winners Celtic.

Rangers are keen on signing on Edmundson, but have yet to agree a fee with Oldham after having several offers rejected by the League Two club already this summer.

Edmundson, who has handed in a transfer request at Oldham, is nevertheless eager to make the move north of the border as he looks to continue his development following an impressive 2018-19 campaign that ended with a place in the official League Two team of the year.

The ball is now in Rangers’ court to see if they can agree a deal with Oldham for one of Gerrard’s priority targets.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Celtic have hijacked transfer just as Ibrox deal is close.