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Report: Celtic fear Odsonne Edouard exit with Leeds, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Everton keen

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Report: Celtic fear Odsonne Edouard exit with Leeds, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Everton keen

A bidding war could be sparked following Celtic being dumped out of the Champions League.

Celtic are dreading the concept of losing Odsonne Edouard with Leicester, Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Leeds all on red alert, according to The Scottish Sun.

The Hoops were knocked out of the Champions League during the week by Ferncvaros and it’s now feared a £30 million bidding war will begin.

Neil Lennon is pretty well-stocked in attack after his summer capture of Albian Ajeti from West Ham United but it’s fair to say the Frenchman is important.

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Leeds will be looking to bolster their ranks ahead of their maiden Premier League campaign and Edouard would be viewed as a stellar recruit.

Plenty of other interested parties will show their interest, with former boss Brendan Rodgers fancying a swoop to take him to Leicester.

The report claims Edouard’s agent is fully aware of the growing interest in his client and it remains to be seen if any of the potential suitors will make a serious offer.

 

Edouard, 22, has been a revelation since signing for Celtic for £9 million in 2018, smashing 64 goals and registering 32 assists in 130 appearances for the club.

Heading to the Premier League would almost certainly hand him a bumper pay rise and following the Champions League exit, a move elsewhere isn’t beyond the realms of reality.

Celtic value their player highly and won’t be doing business at anything less than £30 million. With that in mind, any English club who does want to sign Edouard will need to get serious and give Celtic what they want.

TBR View – Life after Edouard but Celtic must get the best deal

Edouard leaving would, of course, be a body blow for Celtic but Lennon already has a potential replacement in Ajeti.

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If the French striker was to leave another forward would probably be signed and as a result, Lennon will hope the club receives top money for Edouard.

Celtic won’t let their star man go on the cheap and it could prove tough for any Premier League club to land the striker.

Edouard is quick and lethal in front of goal so any English side who does sign him could be getting themselves a brilliant centre-forward.

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