PORTSMOUTH have edged ahead of Rangers in the chase for Oldham defender George Edmundson after the Latics accepted their bid for the 21-year-old.
The centre back is known to be high on Kenny Jackett’s list of potential replacements for Matt Clarke; Pompey’s player of the season is expected to leave in the near future with Brighton a likely destination.
Edmundson handed in a transfer request at the end of the season and it was believed that the lure of Steven Gerrard at Rangers would be enough to see him head north of the border.
But reports coming out of Ibrox indicate they are not prepared to meet Oldham’s asking price, with a fee of £600,000 wanted for the player.
Pompey are now in pole position to land him having agreed to pay what the Latics want, and permission has been granted to open negotiations with the Mancunian.
Edmundson, who is also on Peterborough’s radar, is one of the brightest prospects in League Two and was named in the division’s PFA team of the season.
He scored twice last season and also earned himself 12 yellow cards in 54 appearances – his disciplinary record sure to be something Jackett would want to work on.
Meanwhile, Adam May has left Fratton Park and moved to Swindon Town on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old midfielder made five appearances for Pompey last season – all in cup games – and also spent time on loan at Aldershot.