“If we couldn’t afford him we wouldn’t be talking to him,” Mandaric told Sky Sports News. “We are a very ambitious club but there is always room for improvement and our goal is to really give it a go and try to get up this year and players of that kind of profile will help us.

“We are in conversation with Edgar and his agent, and at this point that’s all I can say. We are progressing and it is potentially exciting, of course, but we are not there yet.

“I think things will be taking place very shortly and not more than a couple of days.”

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