Aston Villa have made an enquiry for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, but the Hoops are desperate to keep the Frenchman, according to a report from The Sun.
Dean Smith’s men can surely not afford to not strengthen their striker ranks this summer. Neither Wesley or Mbwana Samatta captured the imagination following their arrivals.
The Express and Star recently reported that Villa are open to selling Samatta during this window. And his potential replacement appears to have been earmarked.
According to The Sun, Villa have approached Celtic about a potential move for Edouard, who is valued by the Bhoys at £40 million.
However, The Sun adds that Celtic are looking to keep the 22-year-old. So it would be no surprise if they snubbed Villa’s enquiry.
TBR View: Edouard surely destined for Premier League one day, so Villa move would be huge coup for Smith
Edouard is one of the most exciting striker talents currently playing outside of the Premier League. He scored 28 goals in all competitions last term. And he marked Sunday’s season-opener with a hat-trick in Celtic’s 5-1 win.
Speaking after that win, former Villa and Celtic boss Martin O’Neill told Sky Sports that Edouard was the Hoops’ best striker since Henrik Larsson.
“Edouard must be the best striker since Larsson,” he said.
“There’s so much to his game. There’s an ability to hold the ball up. Some scorers are only that.
“But he has ability, strength and power and looks like he has everything to his game.”
So it would be a huge coup for Villa to make that move. It does appear that Celtic are only going to be willing to sell for an eye-watering amount of money.
But it would be a massive statement from Smith’s men if they could convince Neil Lennon to sell his talisman.