Rangers will face big competition for Ronnie Edwards with Peterborough United’s chairman insisting that ‘three Premier League clubs will make bids’ before September 1st.
The always-outspoken Darragh MacAnthony did not go as far as to name those mystery suitors.
Do not be surprised, however, if West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth make up two of the three. According to BBC Sport, the Hammers and the Cherries – both of whom have made good use of the EFL market in recent windows – are keeping a very close eye on Ronnie Edwards with just two weeks remaining until the deadline passes.
Rangers, then, could be about to face a repeat of 2020.
The Glasgow giants missed out on Peterborough’s Ivan Toney when he joined Brentford in the very same summer for just £5 million. And England U20 international Edwards could soon be following in the striker’s footsteps south of the border.
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Rangers face Ronnie Edwards battle
“Factuall,y I know three Premier League clubs will make bids for Ronnie before the transfer deadline,” MacAnthony explains on his Hard Truth podcast.
Reportedly valued at £15 million not so long ago, Peterborough confirmed back in 2022 that Chelsea, Newcastle United and Manchester City were all watching Edwards; MacAnthony confident that the Peterborough academy graduate will one day move on for a fee in the £70 million bracket.
Rangers, however, may be hoping that the prospect of Champions League football and regular game time at Ibrox is enough to twist Edwards’ arm.
‘A different level’
“Ronnie is playing at a different level right now,” MacAnthony adds. “And, if he goes, we will have to decide whether to replace him with a powerful centre-back or with another ball-playing one which will be a decision for the manager.
“Finding one who can be dominant and be good on the ball would be difficult and probably too expensive for a League One club.”