By Wayne Veysey

Rangers are in the driving seat to sign defender George Edmundson even though Oldham Athletic have accepted bids for him from Portsmouth and Peterborough United, Football Insider understands.

The centre-back, 21, has made it clear to his advisers that his preference is to move to Ibrox this summer rather than one of his English suitors.

Football Insider revealed last week that Peterborough had their bid of £600,000 plus add-ons accepted by Oldham, and then broke the news that League One rivals Portsmouth matched that offer and were given permission to hold talks with the player.

Despite the multiple twists and turns in the race for Edmundson’s signature, Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers are in the driving seat to sign him.

They are set to increase their previous highest offer of £500,000 plus add-ons this week in an attempt to secure an agreement with Oldham and finalise the transfer.

Edmundson, who has just one year to run on his current deal at Oldham, has handed in a transfer request as he tries to force a move away from Boundary Park.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is in the market for two senior centre-backs this summer after the expiry of Gareth McAuley’s one-year contract and the return of loanee Joe Worrall to Nottingham Forest.

Gerrard and recruitment chief Mark Allen have set their sights on Edmundson following his impressive campaign in 2018-19 at Oldham, that ended with him being named in the EFL League Two Team of the Year.

In other Rangers news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he expects the Light Blues to sign ‘Absolutely fabulous’ player imminently.