American Exports: Edu to Auxerre transfer deal dead?

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AMSTERDAM — A transfer deal that would have sent Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu to Ligue 1 side Auxerre now appears dead in the water, MLSsoccer.com has learned.

According to a source, principle agreements over the US international were in place to be completed by Auxerre upon the sale of Delvin N'Dinga to Olympique Lyonnais. The French giants made a raised offer for the Congo midfielder after advancing to the Champions League group phase last week, but on Monday, Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas angrily announced that they would not pay Auxerre's exorbitant asking price.

With the Burgundy side apparently no longer in need of his services, EPL club Queens Park Rangers are among Edu's remaining summer options.

"QPR are still around," Edu's agent, Lyle Yorks, confirmed to MLSsoccer.com. "There have been a few other clubs calling, also."

Previously, the rep confirmed that Turkish side Bursaspor were interested. MLSsoccer.com has subsequently learned that Edu had also been contacted earlier this summer by the likes of Greece’s Olympiakos and Turkey’s Trabzonspor. What's more, the 25-year-old Southern California native was at one time considered by Chievo Verona for the space now filled by US teammate Michael Bradley.

Now in his fourth season at Ibrox, Edu has scored 10 times in 91 overall games for the Light Blues. The midfielder has collected more top level silver in Europe than any American Export, with three SPL crowns and four domestic cups.


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