Portsmouth were close to securing a loan move for defender George Edmundson before Ipswich Town blew them out of the water for a permanent deal, according to the BBC’s Andrew Moon.
Danny Cowley has been looking for more depth in defence following the departure of Jack Whatmough to Wigan Athletic, with Clark Robertson already signed from Rotherham United on a free transfer.
It has now emerged though that 23-year-old Edmundson was a serious target for Pompey, and it looks like the club had agreed a deal with Rangers to take the centre-back to the south coast for the 2021-22 campaign.
However the Tractor Boys, who have splashed the cash this summer under new American ownership group Gamechanger 20, pipped their league rivals to Edmundson’s signature after offering a £750,000 fee, per the East Anglian Daily Express.
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Instead of heading to Fratton Park temporarily, Edmundson has signed a four-year contract at Portman Road and it significantly strengthens Paul Cook’s hand as the Suffolk side aim for promotion to the Championship.
It means another target lost out on for Portsmouth though, who have seen a number of key players including Whatmough, Tom Naylor and Ben Close depart for pastures new this summer.
The club have had to cut their cloth accordingly so far this summer and the latest transfer news has left fans with even more of a sense of frustration.
— Bradley (@bradleyjw97) July 28, 2021
— Luke Hookings (@lukehookings) July 28, 2021
@eric_eisner any chance we can actually pay money for a decent player ?
— 🐮 MooArmy FC 🐮 (@Aaron25650310) July 28, 2021
Stop getting players on loan and show some ambition…..then you won’t get ‘blown out of the water’
— Ian Josephs (@joslaps) July 28, 2021
Copy and paste for all of our main targets this summer. Absolute shambles
— Niall Judge (@Niall_Judge26) July 28, 2021
seriously need to question the owners now no money spent 🤦🏼♂️
— alex (@al3xmacdonald_) July 28, 2021
Shows the difference in ambition between owners. Owners at Ipswich know that if backed Cook will get them out the league which is what they have done. It’s not buying a league at all. I back the Cowleys but believe hands have been tied in terms or recruitment and budget.
— Iain Macdonald (@Iain_Macdonald7) July 28, 2021
Same story as last season, broken record under the Eisner ownership.
— Steve Harris (@SteveHa1989) July 28, 2021
Getting beyond a joke now to be honest we are gonna struggle to stay in this league at this rate a team of unwanted rejects
— Michael turnbull (@michaelturn38) July 28, 2021