Celtic appear to have received a boost to their hopes of holding onto Odsonne Edouard this summer, with the Express and Star reporting that Aston Villa would prefer to sign a striker with Premier League experience.
The Sun reported at the weekend that the Villans were planning to make a £30 million bid for Edouard having made the Frenchman their top striker target.
It was suggested that Edouard was showing no interest in pushing for a move away from Parkhead. However, The Sun noted that Villa were able to put a major contract on the table in the hope that they could convince the 22-year-old into a move.
But it appears that Dean Smith could actually be looking elsewhere.
According to the Express and Star, Smith is actually hoping to sign a forward who has previously played in the Premier League.
While Edouard appears to be more than good enough to play at English football’s top table, he obviously does not tick that particular box.
TBR View: Edouard would be better signing than a lot of strikers with Premier League experience
It remains to be seen where Villa turn if they decide that Edouard is not a priority. But they are arguably going to do incredibly well to find a better option.
It may be that Smith has doubts over how likely a move from Celtic is. The Hoops are going to demand an eye-watering sum for the former Paris Saint-Germain man.
But if Villa believe a deal is possible, it would be a huge mistake to look elsewhere. They are certainly going to need to produce something special to be better off.