Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony confirmed to The Hard Truth podcast that he expects clubs to meet the asking price for Ronnie Edwards in January.
The talented 20-year-old has been subject to strong interest from Premier League sides West Ham United and Bournemouth, with Championship side Swansea City reportedly seeing a deadline day bid rejected for the League One star.
England U20 international Edwards also caught the attention of those in Scotland, with Rangers sending scouts to watch the Harlow-born man. However, Peterborough United’s director of football, Barry Fry, had previously warned the Scottish side that they could not afford the young defender.
But it now appears The Posh are willing to lower their valuation due to their failure to achieve promotion last season, with their 2021/22 Player of the Season also entering the final 18 months of his contract at London Road.
Edwards has made 94 appearances for the League One side since his move from Barnet in 2020, marking himself as one of the brightest prospects in the third tier.
He was part of the England U19 side which won the European Championships last summer, and it is largely expected he will play in the Premier League one day, with MacAnthony believing it is “an absolute joke” that he still remains at the club.
What’s been said?
“I’m not asking for £6 million, £8 million, (or) £10 million [for Ronnie Edwards],” said the 47-year-old.
“I’m being realistic, as we are a League One club. If we were in the Championship, I’d ask for a bit more.
“I just want a fair fee with some decent add-ons, and we will get it in January.”
It is almost unfathomable how Edwards and Jonson Clarke-Harris are still Peterborough United players after the summer transfer window, but surely at least one of them will be departing once it reopens again in January.
A specific asking price has not been revealed, however, you would expect it to be around the £5 million mark now, which could entice Rangers back into the race.
They will potentially face the competition of more lucrative offers from clubs in England, as a transfer saga around the young defender looks set to build again.