USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya: In an ideal world I'd join Rangers now, rather than in January

The 24-year-old winger believes his current club are right to command a higher transfer fee and hopes a deal can be completed soon
By Alex Labidou

USA winger Alejandro Bedoya has revealed to that he would rather join Rangers this summer, rather than wait for his move to be completed in January.

The SPL champions had agreed a pre-contract deal for the 24-year-old last week but his current club, Orebro, are reluctant to allow an immediate transfer.

But Bedoya, whilst admitting he would prefer to link up with Ally McCoist's side as soon as possible, understands the Swedish side are right to hold out for a fitting transfer fee.

"I believe the clubs are still in negotiations," said Bedoya.

"My club wants a higher bid but Rangers put in what they think they should be able to get me for.

"In an ideal world, I would like to be there right now [with Rangers] but I am still under contract with my club.

"I would love to be there as early as possible. It is easier for me to acclimate to the team and be able to be there from the beginning instead of coming in January, in the middle of the season. It is what it is.

"I can understand where my club is coming from, we haven’t had the best of results recently and I’m sure that they are thinking of keeping me [till the end of his contract that ends after December]. I guess I can help out in moving them up the table."

Bedoya believes his performance for the USA in this summer's Gold Cup was not influential in Rangers's interest and the midfielder hopes a work permit will be granted ahead of his switch to Ibrox.

"I think Rangers were interested before but I think the performances in the Gold Cup allowed me to have an easier route to play for Rangers," said Bedoya.

"My work permit is still pending but the Gold Cup games allowed me to increase the percentage of caps so that I would be able to get a work permit in the UK. It’s tough as an American to play in the UK. I think the Gold Cup really helped in terms of that."

Bedoya also revealed Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu was a catalyst in the deal.

"Yes, [I did] and he [Edu] knew as well. He told them about me as well and he talked to me about it," he said.

"So we had dialogue about the Rangers situation even before the Gold Cup. He’s a guy that helped me out in all of this and put in a good word for both sides."

Bedoya also thanked former USA coach Bob Bradley, who was sacked on Thursday after four years in charge of the national side, for giving him the chance to break through onto the international scene last year.

"I found out like many people found out - through Twitter. It was kind of shocking. Between some of the guys on our team, we kept on going back and forth," he said.

"Trying to find out if they knew any more details and everyone was pretty shocked and didn’t know what to think about it. I wish him the best and I have a lot to thank him for.

"He brought me into the national team scene and gave me the opportunity and I learned a lot from him and the coaching staff.

"I think the overall consensus is he gave us the opportunity and we really appreciate that and we’re sad to see him go.

"We’ve learned a lot from him.  He’s a good coach and I don’t know if he gets as much credit as he deserves. I know U.S. soccer fans wanted more but I think he’s done great."

Bedoya also refuted reports which suggested Bradley had lost the respect of the players during the Gold Cup.

"No, I don’t think so," he said.

"As everyone knows, he is a very serious and disciplined kind of guy. Rumours are rumours. In general, I thought he did a good job of keeping the team settled."

Bedoya spoke with on behalf of PUMA about his future and the current affairs of the United States men’s national team.

"I’m wearing the new v.1.11. They fit very nicely and they are comfortable. They get a lot of good traction on the field and I think PUMA has done a great job of building the boot," he said.