Steven Gerrard has made a breakthrough in Rangers’ bid to beat multiple English clubs to the signing of Oldham Athletic defender George Edmundson, Football Insider understands.
The Ibrox manager has held face-to-face talks with the 21-year-old to convince him to snub offers from Peterborough and other teams south of the border and move to Glasgow.
A Rangers source has told Football Insider that Gerrard has come away believing his sales pitch may be enough to sway the battle in the favour of his side.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, Rangers and Peterborough have made verbal offers for the highly rated 21-year-old, with several other clubs also weighing up bids for him.
The Light Blues have set their sights on the 6ft 3in centre-back as they look to recruit new defenders this summer to replace loanee Joe Worrall and departing veteran Gareth McAuley.
Edmundson was named in the League Two team of the year for his performances for Oldham this season but they are set to lose him as he is out of contract in the summer of 2020 and has showed no indication of signing an extension.
This summer’s window represents the fourth-tier English club’s last opportunity to secure a significant fee for a player rated in the £500,000 bracket.
Rangers have already been active in strengthening their squad, confirming the permanent capture of Steven Davis and pre-contract deals for Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones and Motherwell forward Jake Hastie.
As reported by Football Insider, the Glasgow giants have also agreed personal terms with Birmingham City playmaker Greg Stewart, who is set to sign a three-year contract as he joins on a free transfer.
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