Ipswich Town sign George Edmundson from Glasgow Rangers for significant fee while Teddy Bishop departs for Lincoln City
Ipswich Town have completed the signing of central defender George Edmundson following an undisclosed fee being accepted – reported to be around the £1million mark – by Glasgow Rangers.
The 23-year-old, who moved up to Ibrox for a £750,000 transfer fee in the summer of 2019, has penned a four-year deal at Portman Road.
He becomes the ninth summer signing for manager Paul Cook but is understood to be the first seven-figure transfer since US-led Gamechanger 20 Ltd acquired the club from Marcus Evans before the end of last season.
Edmundson turned professional at Oldham Athletic in 2015 and made his debut in September of that year against Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Trophy.
He spent four seasons with the Latics as a member of the senior squad and earned a spot in the EFL League Two team of the season after impressing in his final campaign at Boundary Park.
In June 2019 he joined Rangers and in February of that season he scored his first goal for the club when he netted in a 2-1 win over Hibernian at Ibrox.
A year later, and with Europa League experience to his name, he joined Derby County on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.
The Manchester-born player made 10 Championship appearances for The Rams and scored on just his second start for the club when he headed in against Huddersfield at Pride Park.
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney was reported to be keen to bring him back but the club's transfer embargo meant they could only do so in another loan deal.
There was also said to be early close-season interest from newly-promoted Championship side Peterborough United and, more recently, from Town's League One rivals Charlton, Sunderland and Portsmouth - the latter trio all said to be in the loan market.
But having left Glasgow having been restricted to 17 appearances, Edmundson revealed the opportunity for first-team football, as well as playing under Cook, was a big draw at Portman Road.
"The opportunity came along and it was one I couldn't turn down," he told iFollow Ipswich.
"I spoke to the gaffer and it really excited me. He was a massive pull and this is also a huge club.
"Having also spoken to Mark Ashton (CEO), he has been very clear about the culture being built at the club and the importance of engaging with the local community - that's something I also consider to be very important.
"I like the sound of the project here and I can see the intent the club has, so I'm delighted to have signed."
Of the first centre-back he has signed, Town boss Cook added: “George is at a great age but he also already has good experience in the game. We’re delighted to have him with us.
“He’s strong, a good talker, comfortable on the ball and he wants to play regular first-team football.
"I first came across him when he was on loan at AFC Fylde because they played Wigan in the FA Cup and took us to a replay. He was strong on the day and we’ve followed him ever since.
“We really think he’ll be a strong addition to the squad.”
Ipswich continue their pre-season preparations tonight when they travel to lower-league Colchester United (7.45pm). The U's have acquired former Town players Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse and Freddie Sears since they were released at the end of the season.
Bishop signs for Imps
Meanwhile, Teddy Bishop has left Town to join Lincoln City for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old midfielder has signed a long-term deal at the Blues' League One rivals.
Bishop progressed through Town's academy before making his debut in a League Cup tie away at Crawley in August 2014.
His first goal followed in November of that year in a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.
Bishop totalled 132 appearances in his time in Suffolk, scoring five goals, but was one of the former first-team players who started pre-season training in the under-23s squad.