Rangers agree to sign U.S. international Edu

August 18, 2008

Rangers have signed USA international Maurice Edu in a £2.6million deal subject to a work permit.

The midfielder, 22, watched Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win over Hearts at Ibrox, before agreeing personal terms.

He has now committed himself to a five-year contract after a deal was struck with Major League Soccer and Rangers are hopeful the transfer can be concluded with a successful application for a work permit.

Edu has six full international caps after coming through the youth ranks. He has now returned to his homeland to prepare for a World Cup qualifier in Guatemala, along with new club-mate DaMarcus Beasley.

The talented youngster came highly recommended by former Celtic and Rangers star Maurice Johnston, who was head coach of Edu's former club, FC Toronto, before assuming the joint role of manager and director of football.

The capture comes hot on the heels of Pedro Mendes' £3million transfer from Portsmouth, with Steven Davis also set to join in a permanent move.

Davis - in Scotland for Northern Ireland's friendly at Hampden on Wednesday - impressed while on loan at Ibrox in the latter part of last season.

Manager Walter Smith revealed yesterday that a fee had finally been agreed with Fulham following weeks of wrangling between the two clubs and that he was hopeful the midfielder would be his next signing.

According to the club's official website: 'Steven Davis is also set to become a Rangers player tomorrow.

'A fee has been agreed with Fulham for the midfielder, who was on loan at Ibrox last season and a deal has been agreed with the player in principle.

'Davis has one or two things to tie up with Fulham but all things being equal he will be a Rangers player tomorrow.'