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Report: Aston Villa have considered Celtic player ahead of January transfer window

The Athletic have claimed that Aston Villa have considered Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard ahead of the January transfer window, but that the Frenchman is unlikely to become the subject of an offer from the Premier League side.

Edouard, 22, has been sensational for Celtic since joining the club initially on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 before completing a permanent deal a year later. He has clocked up 147 outings from Celtic in three and a half seasons.

In that time, the France Under-21 skipper has scored a huge 70 goals – and has laid on 33 assists. This season, Edouard has not been as good as he has been at Celtic but has still managed to find the back of the net nine times in 19 appearances.

The report claims Aston Villa have considered a move for Edouard ahead of next month’s window. However, Villa are not expected to sign Edouard – given his price tag is somewhat expensive, likely to be around £30million, as previously touted.

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TBR’s view – Do Villa really need Edouard?

Edouard is showing enormous potential. Goals and assists in Europe and in a Celtic side that are expected to win every domestic outing. To continue that hype, he needs to play regularly and at Villa – would they drop Ollie Watkins for Edouard?

Watkins has netted six goals in 12 Premier League matches for Villa, while the club also have Wesley returning from injury. Edouard is a good striker but with Watkins shining, he is hardly going to displace him. A move that should be avoided.

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