Leeds will be in the frame as Celtic star’s future hots up, claims pundit

Date published: Wednesday 5th August 2020 9:05

Odsonne Edouard Celtic

Leeds United will be among the clubs to make an offer for in-demand Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, according to pundit Charlie Nicholas.

Edouard moved permanently to Celtic in 2018 and has proved a fantastic club-record investment since then.

Last season, he scored 22 goals and assisted eight others. He followed that up with 27 goals and 19 assists this term, in a campaign which ended prematurely due to the pandemic.

As such, his stock has risen significantly and Arsenal are among the clubs to reportedly hold an interest.

However, Nicholas believes Leeds or Leicester – whose boss Brendan Rodgers brought Edouard to Parkhead – will also be in the running.

“I know Edouard is still under contract but the player still holds all the power,” the pundit told the Daily Express (via Goal).

“If he decides he wants to leave then it will happen, that has been shown with Moussa Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney in the past.

“For Edouard to leave I do think it would take a sizeable fee, whether that is £25 million or £30 million.

“People argue he is worth more than Tierney because he is a striker and he gets goals but the problem is that the market has changed dramatically post-Covid-19.

“I don’t see Arsenal making a move for him but I could see Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United or Leicester City making bids.”

NICHOLAS URGES EDOUARD TO CHOOSE CAREFULLY

Odsonne Edouard Celtic

Nicholas added that with the interest mounting, Edouard must choose his next club carefully if he does want a move.

“Leicester is the one of interest because Brendan Rodgers rates him so highly and was the one who signed him for Celtic,” the pundit added. “He knows he can trust Edouard to play the way he wants.

“That is important because I don’t see him fitting into an Everton or a Newcastle, but he might suit a Leeds United and would also do well at Leicester.

“He has to go to a club that suits his style because he knows that when he does leave and goes to the Premier League he is probably walking into a £100,000-a-week contract.”

Leeds will be looking to sign another striker to support Patrick Bamford when they return to Premier League action.

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