Ipswich Town signed Rangers defender George Edmundson. The 23-year-old centre-back admitted the opportunity to join the Tractor Boys was too good to turn down after sealing his Gers exit.

The club had agreed to sell the footballer and that Ipswich Town were in pole position to add the player. And the English centre-back completed his move to Ipswich Town, reportedly in the region of an initial £750,000 deal, after insisting he had to jump at the opportunity.

George, who penned a four-year contract at Ipswich Town, said: “The opportunity came along, and it was one I couldn’t turn down. I spoke to the gaffer, and it excited me. He was a massive pull, and this is also a huge club.

Having also spoken to Mark Ashton, he has been very clear about the culture being built at the team and the importance of engaging with the local community, that’s something I also consider to be very important.

I like the sound of the project here, and I can see the intent the team has, so I’m delighted to have signed.” George played 17 games and scored his only goal in the final match before football was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the home Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

His best display came in the previous round when Edmundson was a standout in the win against Braga in Portugal. However, a breach of Covid-19 rules saw George pick up an SFA suspension, and the defender was later sent to Derby County on loan, who were also in the battle for his signature.

The Tractor Boys manager Cook said: “George is at a great age, but he also already has good experience in the game. We’re delighted to have him with us.” Meanwhile, the Tractor Boys have also confirmed the signing of forward Conor Chaplin, who has joined for an undisclosed fee, according to a report.

Under Paul Cook, the English striker at Portsmouth, and was an essential part of the Barnsley team that reached the Championship play-offs last campaign. Conor has put pen to paper on a three-year deal and becomes Ipswich Town’s 10th new arrival of the summer transfer window.

“Maybe people looking in from the outside and seeing me drop from the Championship to League One might think it’s surprising, but I don’t want to be in this division for long, and Ipswich match my own ambitions,” the 24-year-old striker said.