RANGERS look hot-favourites to land Latics defender George Edmundson after tabling a take-or-leave-it offer of £600,000 plus bonuses.

Steven Gerrard has made a final bid for the 21-year-old in an effort to tempt him away from a move to League One Portsmouth, who have also had an offer accepted.

Hopes are fading at Fratton Park, however, as it became clear that the player favoured a move north of the border, if a deal could be agreed between the two clubs.

Peterborough United pulled out of the bidding in a very public manner earlier this week with owner Darragh MacAnthony accusing an unnamed club – believed to be Oldham - of leaking details of a bid.

Speaking on his official Twitter account, MacAnthony said: “Regarding everything out there about the centre-back from a League Two club who we’ve been constantly linked with. 

"Our club agreed in writing with them a fee for the player and were given permission to speak to player/agent over eight days ago. 

"The player was on holiday, but the plan was for the player to come to the club last Friday for medical and contract discussions the day after he returned from holiday. 

“Three days prior to this a story leaked that we’d agreed a fee and full detail on all aspects of transfer was put out there for all to see. 

“It’s nothing new in football and expected. Other clubs see the article (it worked) and one agreed a fee for the player. 

“I am now officially pulling us from deal. I could have remained silent, but due to leak from last week it’s important our fans know the truth re the deal. 

"And I most certainly won’t be dealing with said club owners ever again. 

“We’ve had a phenomenal transfer window so far and still few more bits to add but in great shape. 

"Can’t land them all unfortunately but will always keep trying.”

Edmundson made 54 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring two goals.