Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has provided an update on his club’s bid to sign George Edmundson on loan from Rangers, as quoted by Ryan Conway of the Athletic.
Sky Sports reported on Sunday evening that the 23-year-old defender was heading to the Midlands to finalise a six-month loan move to the EFL Championship club.
Rangers centre-half George Edmundson is travelling to the Midlands this evening ahead of joining Derby County on a six-month loan
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) January 31, 2021
Speaking during a press conference on Monday afternoon, Rooney confirmed Derby’s approach but insisted there was still work to be done to get the deadline day deal completed.
“They’re two good players,” said Rooney of Edmundson and Stoke City striker Lee Gregory [Ryan Conway Twitter]. “Players who I like….but more importantly they’re good characters.”
“I want this team to play with character. But they’re not done. We’re working to get them done as quick as possible.”
On Lee Gregory and George Edmundson: "They're two good players. Players who I like….but more importantly they're good characters. I want this team to play with character. But they're not done. We're working to get them done as quick as possible."
— Ryan Conway (@RJConway92) February 1, 2021
Edmundson showed promise during the 2019/20 season following his move from Oldham Athletic but despite impressing in pre-season ahead of the current campaign, he fell down the pecking order at Ibrox following the arrival of Leon Balogun.
A seven-match SFA ban for breaching Covid regulations and a minor injury have also hindered his progress and he’s only made two appearances in all competitions so far this season.
Therefore, particularly with the Gers reportedly attempting to get a deal for Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson over the line on Boxing Day [The Scottish Sun], a loan exit for Edmundson makes sense.
If the deal is finalised, the 6ft 4″ centre-back will have a big opportunity to show his ability at a good level over the remainder of the season.
Elsewhere on deadline day, Rangers look to have been dealt a blow in their reported pursuit of a Premier League midfielder.