West Ham’s late move for Rangers-linked Peterborough centre-back Ronnie Edwards has failed to materialise ahead of the transfer deadline.
The likes of the London Evening Standard had reported that the Hammers had submitted an offer for the 20-year-old centre-back with a view to completing a deal this summer.
However, the transfer to West Ham failed to materialise and Ronnie Edwards is now set to remain at Peterborough United in League One this season.
Reports in Sky Sports also claimed that Peterborough rejected a bid for the centre-back from Swansea City amid much chatter surrounding interest from Ibrox.
Rangers were linked with a move for Ronnie Edwards in the final stages of the window, BBC Sport claiming that the Gers, West Ham and Bournemouth were monitoring the player.
However, it is only David Moyes’ side who are said to have made their interest concrete with a formal offer which failed to reach a transfer.
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Ronnie Edwards back at Peterborough after West Ham bid
Now, Ronnie Edwards is back with Peterborough and even played the entire game as the League One side fell to a 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth this weekend.
Edwards is also set to join up with the England U20s this week as part of the international break with the defender one of the English game’s top talents.
Meanwhile, Rangers manager Michael Beale has been fronting questions on the club’s summer business and snapped back at suggestions of a substantial summer spend.
Reacting after the 1-0 Old Firm defeat to Celtic, Beale said:
“When you lose six players that play in the front position you have to sign some.
“They can’t all play at the same time, the players can’t all play if they play in the same position, that’s obvious.
“We had to sign these players. There’s been a lot said about the fees, I’ll tell you, you’re miles out.
“‘Who cost what and who cost this’, you’re miles out.
“We had to replace the players that went out, they’ve all contributed so far, they could all show a little bit more.
“But I don’t think it’s a slight on anybody that we picked Kemar Roofe, or the form Rabbi Matondo’s been in.
“I don’t think it’d be a slight on anyone if Tom Lawrence plays over a new signing; they’re part of our squad.
“We invested probably about £13m on nine players. It’s not like we spent millions on one or two; we spent £13m on nine players.”
Ronnie Edwards will now be with Peterborough until at least January with the Rangers and West Ham-linked defender contracted to the club until the summer of 2025.