Aston Villa rival Crystal Palace, West Ham United in Ronnie Edwards chase

Aston Villa have joined West Ham United and Crystal Palace in the race for Peterborough’s 20-year-old defender Ronnie Edwards.

According to Michael Bridge on Give Me Sport, Aston Villa could rival West Ham United and Crystal Palace for Ronnie Edwards. As per the Sky Sports reporter, the highly-rated 20-year-old Englishman could leave Peterborough for a cut-price sum in January, although the League One side wants a stay.

Premier League clubs interested in Ronnie Edwards

A host of Premier League clubs are showing serious interest in Peterborough’s Ronnie Edwards. The highly-rated 20-year-old Englishman has made a name with the League One side with impressive displays and could soon find himself playing in the top division.

Crystal Palace and West Ham United have held an interest for a while now and have others to compete with in the race too. The Hammers are looking at him as a prospect. But David Moyes will feel Edwards is readymade to make the step up to Premier League football.

Crystal Palace are the “keenest” to sign the defender, with Roy Hodgson having thoughts similar to Moyes’s about the highly-rated 20-year-old Englishman. While the two London clubs hoped to battle it out for Edwards, Aston Villa have joined the race.

Unai Emery remains keen to add a new defender to his ranks to bring some cover for his starting centre-backs. The potential arrival of Edwards could see them lose on-loan Barcelona star Clement Lenglet to another club. Meanwhile, the Peterborough star could be available for £4.5 million plus add-ons, as per Michael Bridge.

Aston Villa’s January plans

Emery wants Aston Villa to stay alert in the transfer window and add to the squad based on his specifications. While the chase for Edwards shows Aston Villa are looking for a new defender, they are also linked with Luton Town’s Gabriel Osho.

Emery also wants a new attacker to join in, with Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe a big target for Aston Villa. They are also linked with other players like Leeds star Crysencio Summerville. The Spanish boss will want their business wrapped up sooner to focus on the task.

As for Edwards, Peterborough are not too optimistic about keeping him until the end of the season, although the 20-year-old could play a vital role in the campaign. With Premier League sides stepping up their interest, Edwards will likely depart depending on who approaches.

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