Derby County have been handed a potential blow in their quest to sign George Edmundson from Rangers, with Ipswich Town keen on signing him permanently.
The Lowdown: Derby keen on Edmundson
Edmundson made 10 appearances during a loan spell at Pride Park last season as the Rams just about retained their Championship status.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a possible return to Derby as Wayne Rooney looks to bolster his squad of the new season. Only a loan move is possible at the moment, however, because of the Rams’ transfer embargo which is currently holding them back in the summer market.
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The Latest: Ipswich could seal permanent deal
According to the Daily Record, Ipswich are willing to offer Edmundson a three-year deal at Portman Road, giving them a possible advantage in the race to sign him.
Rangers are reportedly willing to part ways with the centre-back, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2023.
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The Verdict: Another potential blow
Ipswich’s reported offer of a permanent move for Edmundson may come as a blow for Derby, who are still very light on players despite the EFL easing the transfer embargo last week to enable them to bring in players on loan or sign free agents.
Rooney has spoken highly of the defender in recent months, hailing his “courage” during his loan spell at Pride Park earlier in the year, while Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has previously dubbed the player “faultless“.
There is still hope of signing Edmundson on loan again, but Ipswich look like the front-runners having made the move to try and sign him permanently.
In other news, some Derby fans have been left fuming at recent comments made by Rooney. Read more here.
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