West Ham could be set to join the race to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer, one pundit has claimed.
A number of Premier League clubs are already interested in the Frenchman. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers signed him for the Hoops and is said to be hoping for a reunion at the King Power.
But now pundit Kevin Phillips has tipped West Ham as potential suitors for the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer. Edouard is reportedly available for £15million.
“I think a lot of clubs will be interested at £15million because if it works, great and if it doesn’t you have not lost too much. What is £15million? Nowadays, it’s nothing,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“If Edouard is set to leave this summer I think West Ham and a few others would be looking at him.
“It will ultimately be down to the player. But where West Ham and Leicester finish in the league could determine where the player goes.”
The Hammers are yet to replace frontman Sebastien Haller who they sold to Ajax for £20.2million in January.
David Moyes had the chance to sign former Chelsea striker Diego Costa in the winter transfer window, but opted to keep the funds for the summer instead.
If they did pursue Edouard, they would be getting a forward who averages around a goal every other game. In his 161 appearances for Celtic, he has scored 81 times.
The France under 21 international’s contract at Parkhead expires in 2022. So if the club cannot tie him down to a new contract, they may cash in come the end of the season.
Hammers’ concerns over Moyes contract
Meanwhile, West Ham are set to push ahead with tying Moyes down to a new long-term contract, TEAMtalk understands.
Moyes, who is very much in contention for Premier League Manager of the Year for the job he has done with the Hammers, is out-of-contract at the end of the season.
West Ham were seen as genuine relegation contenders this season. But instead they have made a remarkable bid for a top-six finish.
Moyes has been in talks with the London club for a number of months. Whilst West Ham do not see an issue with terms etc, they have been made aware of interest from elsewhere.