West Ham and Arsenal face competition from overseas in the race to sign Odsonne Edouard from Celtic, an update has revealed.
Edouard has just over a year left on his contract with Celtic and is expected to leave this summer. The striker will have plenty of suitors and several of them are in the Premier League. But his next destination might not be in the English top flight.
West Ham are particularly keen to sign Edouard as they look for a new striker. According to the most recent claims, David Sullivan has acquired the help of agents to push through the deal.
But Arsenal have also been weighing up a move for Edouard. They have doubts about the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah and have been underwhelmed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season.
A third suitor for Edouard would be Leicester City, who could reunite him with former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers. But the re-emergence of Kelechi Iheanacho has halted those plans for now.
Hence, it appears the main competition to West Ham and Arsenal in the race for Edouard will come from abroad.
According to Football Insider, Borussia Dortmund are the latest club to have joined the queue for Edouard.
The Bundesliga giants are bracing themselves for the exit of Erling Haaland this summer. They intend to keep the superstar striker for another season but a big bid could give them something to think about.
Hence, they are considering possible successors to the Norwegian and Edouard’s availability has put them on alert.
It is thought that Celtic may allow Edouard to go for as little as £10m. That would be a fraction of the price Dortmund would receive for selling Haaland.
Hence, the Frenchman could be a cost-effective replacement for the 20-year-old if he has to be sold.
The news will come as a blow to West Ham in particular, who thought they were leading the race to sign him. Their work in the background in recent weeks may yet pay off but Dortmund’s interest will be cause for concern.
West Ham weigh up options
Edouard is not the only name on West Ham’s radar. They have been linked with a plethora of attackers since the January exit of Sebastien Haller.
A recent report compiled a list of three strikers West Ham are chasing. Top of their shortlist is Sevilla star Youssef En-Nesyri.
However, he could cost as much as £40m, so there may be better value-for-money options. For example, Tammy Abraham may be considering his Chelsea future.
The England striker has fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel and West Ham would be willing to offer him an escape route from Stamford Bridge.
Abraham would not be much cheaper than En-Nesyri, though, meaning the Hammers are also looking down to the Championship.
One option there is Brentford’s Ivan Toney, who might be available for £30m after his prolific form in the second tier.
It seems West Ham are looking far and wide and may have back-up plans should they miss out on Edouard.