Derby County have been dealt a huge blow in their bid to bring George Edmundson to Pride Park this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Record, who claim that Rangers are not prepared to sell the centre-back in the summer transfer window, with Steven Gerrard set to give the 23-year-old another chance in the Gers first team next season.
It is then reported that both Derby and Peterborough United were interested in a deal for the defender, with Posh thought to be prepared to make a six-figure offer for Edmundson, while the Record claim that Wayne Rooney’s side do not currently have the financial capacity to make an enticing bid for the £450k-rated man.
Having impressed during a loan spell at Pride Park last season, the news that Rangers do not appear likely to allow Edmundson to leave the club this summer, as well as the fact that the Rams do not seem to have enough funds to even make an offer for the centre-back, is sure to leave fans of the club gutted.
Indeed, over his 10 Championship appearances for Derby last term, the £4k-per-week defender helped his side keep one clean sheet, as well as making an average of 0.5 interceptions, 1.4 tackles, 3.5 clearances and winning 6.1 duels per game.
As such, with the 35-year-old undoubtedly hoping to put together a side in the summer transfer window that is capable of much more than just scraping survival next season, the signing of a player whom Gerrard once dubbed “faultless” would certainly appear to have increased the Rams’ chances of going on to achieve this feat.
However, with Rangers appearing unwilling to sell, as well as Peterborough seeming to have the upper hand should the defender become available, it does not look likely that Edmundson will be returning to Pride Park anytime soon.