It will come as no surprise to Celtic supporters that Odsonne Edouard is attracting plenty of attention heading into the summer, with the Daily Star reporting that Newcastle United want the Frenchman, while the Daily Mirror recently suggested that Arsenal are also interested in the £30 million-rated forward.
Edouard has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season. In total, he has scored 62 goals in 126 appearances for the club.
It is a remarkable record. And Celtic fans will probably be aware that his departure in a big-money deal is just inevitable at some stage in one of the coming windows.
And Steve Bruce is reportedly hoping that a move to St James’ Park is on the cards. But the Magpies boss faces some stiff competition.
Turning down Arsenal would surely be a tough ask for Edouard if the chance to join the Gunners presents itself.
Thus, Newcastle should brace themselves to potentially miss out on the 22-year-old. And perhaps the player they should consider targeting instead is a player who may have some concerns if Mikel Arteta does manage to sign Edouard.
Eddie Nketiah has impressed for Arsenal’s first-team since returning from his loan spell at Leeds earlier this season.
With doubts over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future (via Mirror), Nketiah may have been hoping that he may not need to wait much longer for his chance to lead the line on a regular basis.
However, Edouard’s arrival at the Emirates will complicate matters.
If Edouard does come in, Nketiah may perhaps be wise to seek another loan move – particularly if Arsenal hold onto Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
And Newcastle should be the ones to offer him that chance.
Bruce definitely needs a new striker this summer. Edouard would be an outstanding signing. But loaning Nketiah would also be a fantastic move.
The 20-year-old has proved that he does have a lethal touch in front of goal. He averaged a league goal every 167 minutes on loan at Leeds. And that record is all the more impressive given that he started just twice in 17 appearances for the Whites.
He has scored three times since his return to Arsenal.
A loan move to Newcastle could be best for all concerned if Edouard joins Arsenal. Nketiah can be the main man for a season on Tyneside.
He can prove himself on a huge stage at a massive club. And he may perhaps return to North London next summer having seen Aubameyang and Lacazette already move on.
Edouard and Nketiah can form the kind of strike-force Arsenal rely on for the next decade if everything works out.
But perhaps a loan spell could prove hugely beneficial for Nketiah as he looks to realise his full potential.
And Newcastle should offer him that chance if Arsenal beat them to Edouard’s signature.