Scottish giants Rangers have been warned they cannot afford Peterborough United defender Ronnie Edwards, as revealed in an exclusive by The Daily Record.
The Scottish Premiership side were one of three named to be chasing the defender, with West Ham and Bournemouth also named in the report. Rangers were said to be strongly considering making a move for the Englishman, and that seems to have been confirmed by Peterborough chief Barry Fry, who confirmed that scouts from the Scottish side have been in attendance at matches.
Edwards has been a hot commodity for some time, Fry previously having claimed the defender will be plying his trade in the Premier League one day. And the interest has come from the top flight, with Chelsea among the clubs interested in a move in the past.
No official move has been made for the 20-year-old yet, but Fry has warned of a hefty price tag for the talented defender, who was part of the under-19 England team that lifted the European Championship last year. The Peterborough United chief confirmed that the League One team have turned down bids from Premier League sides in the past, as well as claiming he does not believe that the Scottish team do not have enough to be able to afford Edwards.
Michael Beale is still monitoring his defensive situation, with the manager not ruling out a move for Harry Souttar from Championship side Leicester City, with interest in Jonathan Panzo appearing to cool off following a failed move. Panzo also has interest from Championship side Birmingham City, who seem refreshed after a new takeover and investment from NFL megastar Tom Brady.
Edwards is a rising star and certainly will not be playing in League One for much longer, whether he gains promotion with Peterborough or not. The side looks good value to achieve promotion this season, but if interest from the top flight remains, the Posh may have to start looking into replacements for Edwards.