Tom Edwards may be nearing the end of his loan spell at the New York Red Bulls, but could he also be at the start of a permanent career in the Big Apple?
Edwards was dropped from Gerhard Struber’s New York squad for Saturday night’s friendly against FCBarcelona amid further negotiations over his loan from boyhood club Stoke City. Sources familiar with the situation say OaM that Stoke are keen for the versatile defender to be part of Michael O’Neill’s squad as the English Premiership season kicks into full swing over the next few weeks.
It is understood Stoke, who has loaned Stafford, New York-born Edwards to New York for the past two seasons, is asking the Red Bulls to commit to a permanent deal where the MLS club will cover all of Edwards’ wages. he must stay in New York. New York. A Red Bulls spokesperson declined to comment on the situation.
Despite his loan status, Edwards has become a key pillar of the Red Bulls project during his two-year loan spell in MLS. Edwards has been part of Gerhard Struber’s roster as a right centre-back and occasional right-back, making 20 of 22 league appearances for New York this season. The team appeared to miss the Englishman’s confident defensive and communication skills in their Open Cup denouement in Orlando on Wednesday night, and it looks like they are also in danger of losing their presence for the rest of the schedule if an agreement cannot be reached.