Rangers centre-back George Edmundson is closing in on a £1m move to League One side Ipswich Town, according to Football Insider.
After becoming an outcast in Glasgow, the Scottish side were seemingly willing to hear offers for the 23-year-old who can also play in central midfield and after negotiating a £1m fee, the same outlet is reporting the player has agreed personal terms to join the Tractor Boys as part of Paul Cook’s major rebuild.
As per the Daily Record, a three-year deal from Ipswich Town was on the table for Edmundson and with former club Derby County unable to fork out on transfer fees due to their current transfer embargo, Ipswich have stolen a march on their competitors and are now set to land the defender who made 10 Championship appearances last season.
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Edmundson was sent out on loan to Derby County in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign after being handed a seven-game ban by the Scottish Football Association in November for breaching Covid-19 guidelines, with his time in the second tier helping to kickstart his season.
Wayne Rooney’s side were recently reported to be interested in bringing the central defender back to Pride Park on another temporary spell.
But with John Lundstram and Nnamdi Ofoborh joining as central midfield options for Steven Gerrard’s side this summer and the 23-year-old already falling behind numerous players in the pecking order at Ibrox, a permanent move may be the best option for both Rangers and the defender.
With this, Edmundson is now poised to join Paul Cook’s side as their ninth signing of the summer.
The Tractor Boys are yet to bring in a replacement for long-serving former captain Luke Chambers and former Welsh international James Wilson who both left the club in the summer, so it’s fair to say they would ideally want another centre-back to come in.
But amid this massive rebuild at Portman Road, versatility is also an important attribute for any new signing in case the League One side miss out on several targets – and the fact Edmundson can play in central midfield will allow manager Cook to fill any gaps in the middle of the park if they arise.
Another long-serving player in Cole Skuse, Andre Dozzell, Emyr Huws and Tristan Nydam have also left in the last few months, with Flynn Downes tipped to follow them.
This makes the central midfield area a real point of concern for the Suffolk side, so getting someone like Edmundson over the line would be a major boost with not long left to go until the start of the season.
He is unlikely to be the last addition of the window though, with plenty of players left to sign and a few more to offload before the end of August.