Aston Villa have been urged to ‘hijack’ Leicester City’s move for Odsonne Edouard by their former striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
According to Sky Sports, Leicester have held constructive talks with Celtic over signing the French Under-21 international.
Edouard could apparently cost around £18million, with one year left on his contract at Parkhead.
He’s scored 83 goals in 168 appearances for Celtic, contributing a further 37 assists.
However, Villa have been mentioned in connection with the talented young Frenchman as well.
Agbonlahor was effusive in his praise of Edouard and believes he’d be an excellent addition to Villa’s attacking ranks.
“I’ve said it for so long about Edouard, I rate him highly,” he told Football Insider. “If I had the money, I’d buy him myself.
“I think he’s outstanding and I’d love him at Aston Villa as the second striker behind Watkins.
“I think Villa should hijack Leicester and go and get him.”
Villa’s depth would be pretty enviable if they were to snap up Edouard, a significant upgrade on the likes of Wesley and Keinan Davis.
The issue, though, is that he has a clearer route to first-team football at Leicester. Jamie Vardy will turn 35 during the 2021/22 season and Edouard, 12 years his junior, would see himself as a long-term successor to the Englishman.
At Villa, he might be concerned that he’d only be a back-up option for Watkins.
Perhaps Dean Smith would look to change shape in order to accommodate both, but it seems likely the current set-up will remain, with Jack Grealish, new signing Emiliano Buendia and one of Bertrand Traore or Anwar El Ghazi deployed behind Watkins.
In other news, there’s been a fresh update on Jack Grealish.
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