Kris Boyd has suggested during Sky Sports’ pre-match coverage of Celtic’s clash with Livingston (broadcast on 6/10; 11:38) that Manchester United should make a move for Odsonne Edouard, while he added that he could see the striker going to Aston Villa.
Edouard looks set to be the next Celtic star heavily linked with a move away from Parkhead. The 21-year-old already has nine goals this season, and has 43 in 98 games in all competitions for the Hoops.
His numbers are all the more remarkable given that he has started in just 68 of those games. Edouard is also a player who tends to step up on the big stage.
Boyd predicted that Edouard is destined for the top of the game. But the former Rangers star admitted that he is probably going to need to leave Celtic in the near future if he hopes to realise his ambitions.
“Talk about playing with France, is it a possibility? Yes. Do I think he’ll do it with Celtic? No,” he told Sky Sports. “That’ll be in back of his mind, he’ll need to make that move if he’s going to get in the French squad. I don’t think it’ll be January, but come next summer, if there’s something of £25-30 million, which is reasonable for me, I think this guy will go to the very top.”
Potential Aston Villa move?
Interestingly, Boyd went on to suggest that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be interested in the youngster. He added that he needs to look at someone like Virgil van Dijk and take a gamble on Edouard before he has to pay significantly more in the future.
He suggested that he could see a club like the Villans being the ones to bring Edouard to the Premier League before his asking price soars again in the future.
“If I was Manchester United, I would come in and give the £25-30 million in the summer,” he added. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a Brighton or an Aston Villa come in and pay the £30 million for Odsonne Edouard and then he goes again.”
Clubs like Southampton have had a lot of success signing players from Celtic in recent years. Van Dijk netted the Saints a huge profit when he moved to Liverpool, while Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster proved to be inspired signings for a long time.
If Villa can ensure that they will spend a second season in the Premier League, they should certainly have a look at what is available in Scotland as they look to bolster their squad.
It would be no surprise to see Edouard become the most sought-after player north of the border when next summer comes around. And if Villa are looking to add an exciting striker, then perhaps Dean Smith should indeed look at the Frenchman.