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VIDEO: Ipswich hope to sign Rangers and USA midfielder Maurice Edu

12:15 10 August 2012

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TARGET: Rangers' Maurice Edu (left) in action against Hearts

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IPSWICH Town are hopeful of signing Rangers and USA midfielder Maurice Edu before the start of the new season.

The Green’Un understands that Blues boss Paul Jewell has enquired about the 26-year-old, with the Scottish giants under pressure to lower their wage bill following a dramatic relegation to the third tier.

Asked about the player, Jewell – speaking at today’s open training session at Portman Road – said: “We are interested in a midfield player but we don’t want to comment on speculation as he’s a Rangers player.”

The son of Nigerian immigrants, Edu was born in Calfornia. A highly successful college player he was drafted to Canadian side Toronto – as first pick – in 2007, before quickly being snapped up by Rangers a year later in a £2.6m deal.

The 37-capped US international has made over 100 appearances for Rangers over the last three seasons. He drew plaudits during his Champions League debut against Manchester United two seasons’ ago, also scoring at both ends in a draw against Spanish side Valencia in that European campaign.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist yesterday admitted he was resigned to Edu and team mate Alejandro Bedoya departing Ibrox, saying: “It looks like Maurice and Alejandro will be leaving.”

Meanwhile, neither Jimmy Bullard nor Jaime Peters were present for this morning’s official 2012/13 Ipswich Town squad photo or took part in the open training session which followed. The Green’Un understands that both are close to leaving the club.

Jewell, who will not comment on the aforementioned duo until Monday, revealed following Wednesday night’s 2-1 pre-season win at Colchester United that he’d had bids for two different players rejected last weekend.

7 comments

  • Jason De Vos and frank Yallop are two north american players which spring to mind , both fine players

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • As a previous article said - PJ is 'already looking to replace Bullard' - & as one said before that - Bullard is now 6th choice for a midfield position. So my question is - why should we replace a player who is 6th in line when there is a comparative dearth of strikers goalkeepers central defenders & full backs ??????????????

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    Old Timer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • If he's good enough for Rangers should be good enough for us. But doubt we'll get him.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • totally agree we've had some great north american players (I actually think Peters has been treated very harshly and would be good right back cover for the season). I also agree that if we currently have Drury, Stevenson, Lawrence, Luongo and Hyam (have i missed anyone?) competing for 2 positions, why add one more to the mix when we only have 3 centre backs, 2 full backs, 23 wingers and 2 strikers? I have grown tired of saying how many centre midfielders we've had for YEARS! Why did we ever sell Garvan anyway?!

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    Tom Conder

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • No this may well be paper talk but is a quote from Jewell so will let myself go. IF this is the case then Edu would be a great signing to add a bit of steele to our midfield. Come on PJ this could be a great 1 of 3 we need

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    Blue Exile

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Another Peters. No thanks. Avoid anyone with a North American soccer upbringing.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Would be the best signing of teh Summer - but not difficult considering the lack of permanent fit signings! PJ OUT

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    Jason

    Friday, August 10, 2012

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