Peterborough United defender Ronnie Edwards has been monitored by scouts from Premier League side West Ham United, according to reports from the Daily Mail’s Simon Jones.
The former Barnet defender is one of the brightest English prospects in the game, and has been linked with a variety of sides since he made his move to the Posh in August 2020. David Moyes’ Hammers are the latest side linked to the England U20 international, and it remains to be seen whether or not Darren Ferguson will be able to keep hold of his star defender as we approach the end of the summer transfer window.
What’s Been Said?
The defender was scouted by the Hammers during their 3-1 victory over fellow League One promotion hopefuls Barnsley on August 15th, and impressed in his displays for the England U20s at the recent World Cup in Argentina. He has made a total of 93 appearances for Posh since his debut in all competitions, and is one of England’s brightest prospects.
It is not only West Ham that are the only club said to be interested in Edwards. The likes of Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Scottish Premiership giants Rangers have also been monitoring Edwards’ progress, as it remains to be seen whether any club makes a move for the young talent before the transfer window slams shut.
In an interview, Peterborough United’s Chairman Darragh MacAnthony was genuinely surprised that Edwards is still at Posh, saying:
“It’s an absolute joke Ronnie is still here.
“We are all amazed, and it’s not because we are being greedy or silly. I know three Premier League clubs will make bids for Ronnie before the transfer deadline. But they will sign other players first as they don’t want their first signing to be a 20-year-old from League One.”
If clubs do come in for Edwards, he will be an excellent addition and may push for first-team football at Premier League level, should he get his move.
Just like Peterborough’s chairman, I am stunned that Ronnie Edwards is still a League One footballer.
The defender has talent and definitely has the ability to go on and play at a higher level, whether it is in the Premier League, in the Championship or even abroad if there are clubs overseas that are interested.
Mark my words, Edwards will be playing for England at some point in his career, especially when he is in the England U20s, which includes the likes of £20m Carney Chukwuemeka and £25m Alex Scott. Ronnie Edwards will be the next big EFL prodigy to make a big money move.