Newcastle United have been named as the team set to “try their hardest” for the services of Odsonne Edouard, but could face competition from Real Madrid, according to Spanish outlet Defensa Central.
The Magpies were initially linked with the highly rated Celtic striker, who has claimed an impressive 60 goals and 31 assists in 126 Hoops appearances, back in March.
The Daily Star claimed that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce had held a series of video meetings with the club’s transfer team and Edouard was identified as their top target.
Then came reports of an imminent takeover at Newcastle, which subsequently saw the Magpies linked with numerous high-profile players and coaches, but the reported interest in Edouard remains.
Defensa Central claims that Real have taken an interest in “the new pearl of the European market” and head coach Zinedine Zidane isn’t against the idea in the slightest.
However, the outlet reckons that Newcastle, the “new wealthy team”, will try their hardest to secure Edouard’s services, with Everton, Manchester United and Chelsea also in the race, and the player valued at 25million Euros (around £22million).
The Celtic striker has been at the Scottish Premiership giants since the summer of 2017, initially joining on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, and linked up with the Bhoys permanently the following year for a club record £9million (Sky Sports).
This season alone, Edouard scored 27 goals and 19 assists from 45 games in all competitions, showing he’s not only a clinical, prolific goal machine but also a selfless provider for his teammates.
His heroics have helped Celtic win a ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, while also extending the club’s major Scottish trophy winning streak to 11; the Hoops could potentially claim a fourth consecutive domestic treble if the Scottish Cup semi-finals and final go ahead.
Edouard is a high-calibre player and a fairly realistic target for Newcastle post-takeover, but with so many big clubs also reportedly in the race, including Real Madrid, the new owners would have a fight on their hands against sides that can already offer title challenges and Champions League football.