Exclusive: Rangers blow as English club given permission to hold talks with ace after Ibrox bids
By Pete O’Rourke
Portsmouth have had a bid accepted for Rangers and Peterborough target George Edmundson and been granted permission to hold talks with him, Football Insider can reveal.
The south coast club have become the second in England to have matched the price tag for the centre-back after Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Peterborough have had their offer of £600,000 plus add-ons accepted by his club Oldham.
A source close to the bidding war told Football Insider that Rangers now face the prospect of missing out on Edmundson if they do not raise their own offer for the in-demand defender.
The Glasgow giants have made the 21-year-old one of their top targets this summer and have been in pole position to get the deal over the finish line.
Edmundson, 21, handed in transfer request at Oldham last month after they rejected two bids, worth up to £500,000 plus add-ons, from Rangers for his services.
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It remains to be seen if Rangers will match the bids on offer from Portsmouth and Peterborough with Edmundson understood to be keen to link up with Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.
League One outfit Portsmouth are hoping to persuade Edmundson to make the move to Fratton Park after being given the green light to hold talks with him.
Oldham are reluctant to lose Edmundson, but accept that the player can leave for the right offer considering the amount of interest in him this summer.
Edmundson was named in the EFL League Two Team of the Year for his performances in the recently-completed season and is regarded as one of the best young defenders in the Football League.