Odsonne Edouard is not considering spending one final year at Celtic, according to a report from Football Insider.
Former Hoops striker Frank McAvennie has expressed hope that Edouard will fulfil the remainder of his £19,000-per-week deal at Parkhead, which has one year left to run. The 61-year-old said he was ‘struggling to see him going’ this year, adding that the striker will ‘want to make up for’ a disappointing 2020/21 campaign after a rampant Rangers dethroned Celtic as Scottish champions.
Another former Hoop in Lubo Moravcik advised Edouard to stay ‘and try to have a better season than the last’ before he looks to the English Premier League.
Football Insider reported that Edouard has made his desire to leave clear to the Celtic board, with any suggestions that the Frenchman would be willing to see out his contract and leave on a free transfer next summer said to be wide of the mark.
FA Cup winners Leicester City have apparently made progress on a move for Edouard in recent days, with the Foxes hopeful of seeing off competition from Arsenal and West Ham United. Leicester ‘were having second thoughts’ after tying down Kelechi Iheanacho to a new contract, but are now intent on reuniting the 23-year-old with former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.
It very much looks as if Edouard has his mind irretrievably made up, and so the focus for Celtic should be on maximising the fee and finding the right replacement.
The first task is tricky given his contractual situation, but they’ll surely be able to net somewhere between £10m and £15m. Meanwhile, a new centre-forward may have already been identified, with a report on Monday suggesting that Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet was under consideration.
It’s a shame that Edouard’s departure looks inevitable but Celtic need to accept it and take the right steps towards moving on.
In other news, another Parkhead star is nearing the exit door.
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