If a book was written detailing the number of times Oldham Athletic have been involved in a bidding war over any of their players, it wouldn’t take up much room on a bookshelf.
At present, however, George Edmundson Latics highly-rated defender is being sought by several clubs with the asking price thought to be around the £400,000 mark.
At the forefront of those clubs is Glasgow Rangers who, it is reported have had a bid for George rejected. Oldham are keen to add to his value and, have offered the player a better contract but his head seems to have been turned by the prospect of playing in the Europa League and the Scottish Premier League.
Apparently, Rangers are not keen on increasing their bid and so the usual game of cat and mouse will take place, with the hope that one of the parties will back down.
For Oldham, having a player who is sought after is something that doesn’t happen that often, and they may be playing a dangerous game with a club who can afford to look elsewhere if needed.
There is also the added worry that all this attention could affect the confidence of Edmundson if he has set his heart on a move to a bigger club. He could well find himself still at Boundary Park at the start of next season if Latics’ asking price becomes a stumbling block.
It is unlikely that Athletic will increase their contract offer to the 21-year-old, given the restrictions the club face with owner Abdallah Lemsagam vowing to run a tight ship.
It only takes an injury in pre-season training to a Rangers defender for them to hurriedly return to the negotiating table but for the promising defender. He will be hoping that he stays on their wanted list for all the right reasons, and starts next season in the blue of Rangers rather than the blue of Oldham.