American Exports: Bedoya to Rangers deal still on hold

Alejandro Bedoya celebrates a goal for Örebro.

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Courtesy of Örebro SK

AMSTERDAM — Contrary to a Scottish report from earlier this week, MLSsoccer.com has learned that Rangers have not made a follow-up transfer bid for prospective January free transfer Alejandro Bedoya and have put the onus for initiating any August sale talks on current employers Örebro.

Last week, the 24-year-old agreed to a pre-deal to join the Ibrox crew when his ÖSK deal expires this winter, work permit approval pending. A report Tuesday on STV cited Rangers coach Ian Durrant in claiming that the club had come back with a transfer bid to acquire the US international a little early — even though the direct quote used did not support that premise.

However, Bedoya's agent has confirmed that there was no follow-up transfer offer from the Scottish champs.

"There has been no additional bid," Bedoya's rep, Lyle Yorks, told MLSsoccer.com. "If Örebro decide they have interest in some sort of compensation, they're free to approach Rangers."

According to a Scotland's Herald, Rangers were and still are willing to pay around $650,000 to claim Bedoya in August. A Swedish source indicated to MLSsoccer.com that cash-strapped Örebro are thinking of a fee closer to $1 million, which the Light Blues have deemed excessive for a player set to go free in four months.

"Rangers are anticipating getting him in January," added Yorks. "Of course, they'd love to get him sooner, but they are happy [with the pre-deal]."

Meanwhile, Örebro are hoping Bedoya will be able to shake off an ankle nag that has seen him miss three games on top of a red card suspension. Currently 10th in Sweden's Allsvenskan, ÖSK travel to Gefle on Sunday.


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