Newcastle United are one of a number of English clubs reportedly interested in raiding Scottish champions Celtic to sign Odsonne Edouard – but do the Toon have a trump card over their Premier League rivals?
Edouard, 22, has been in stunning form for Celtic since he joined the club initially on loan from PSG in the summer of 2017. He has scored 60 goals and created 31 more in 126 outings – costing Celtic just £9million (Sky Sports).
This season, though, the France Under-21 ace has enjoyed his best season. In just 45 games, Edouard has been involved in 46 games – scoring 27 and creating 19. The Mail say Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester United are keen.
The Daily Record claim Newcastle and Everton are also interested in signing Edouard – but do Steve Bruce’s side now have a bargaining chip at their disposal in the form of goalkeeper Freddie Woodman?
The Chronicle claim 23-year-old Woodman is a target for Celtic this summer, after an excellent campaign on loan at Championship side Swansea City. He has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Newcastle.
The Hoops have been repeatedly linked with Woodman and are now looking to sign him once again after a move for Fraser Forster went cold. Newcastle have got to take advantage.
Newcastle have already signed a replacement for Woodman in Mark Gillespie, who joined the club earlier this summer on a free from Motherwell. Including Woodman in a deal for Edouard, then, could give Newcastle a boost.
With Edouard rated in the region of £30million, including Woodman could see Celtic much more inclined to accept an offer from the Toon – compared to straight-cash offers from Newcastle’s Premier League rivals.