Maurice Edu of Glasgow Rangers
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American Exports: French club Auxerre in pursuit of Edu

AMSTERDAM — Ligue 1 side Auxerre have taken the lead in a three-team race for Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu, has learned.

The US international has long received interest from Turkish outfit Bursaspor and an English Premier League club has also been calling of late, but it is French side Auxerre that have advanced talks for his services.

Though Edu's agent, Lyle Yorks, did not wish to comment extensively on the situation, he did confirm to that Auxerre were very interested in his client.

The Blanc et Blue opened their season with a loss at Montpellier last weekend. Meanwhile, Edu and Rangers have already begun both their league and European campaigns, garnering four points from their first two Scottish Premier League matches and suffering UEFA Champions League elimination against Swedish side Malmö FF, which sent them into the Europa League playoff round.

The 25-year-old has now started 30 consecutive matches across all competitions for the Glasgow club. That streak may be in jeopardy when Rangers travel to Inverness on Saturday, after Edu was forced to beg out of a midweek US national team call-up with a calf strain.