EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers have made an enquiry for Peterborough winger Gwion Edwards even though his club have stated they will not sell him this summer, Football Insider sources understands.
Edwards has emerged as one of the most in-demand attacking players in League One after he rejected a contract offer from Steve Evans’ side.
Rangers are keen to take advantage of the wide man’s potential availability and a well-placed source has told Football Insider that preliminary discussions have now taken place with his representatives with a view to signing him.
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has revealed the Welshman, 25, will not pen a new deal but the club intend to hold him to the final year of his agreement, which runs until the summer of 2019.
“It’s all a game with Gwion’s agent at the moment,” Fry told Peterborough Today. “The agent has told us there is no way Gwion will sign another contract with us. He says he won’t even look at one as Gwion wants to play in the Championship.
“The view of my chairman, manager and myself is that a fully-fit Gwion would help us win promotion so we are prepared to keep him here for the whole of next season and risk losing him for nothing next summer.
“I have had no bids at all from Championship clubs, but I now expect to get some as clubs try and take advantage of his contract situation.
“I’ve told his agent that we still rate him at £1.5 million anyway and if he’d played more games we’d rate him at £5 million, but we are of the opinion we might as well keep him with us.”
Edwards has a fine record for Peterborough since joining in the summer of 2016 from Crawley Town, scoring 16 goals and supplying nine assists from 74 matches in all competitions.
He can play anywhere across the forward line, but is predominantly used in a left flank role and has represented Wales at Under-21s level.