Celtic's Odsonne Edouard sparks £40m transfer scramble

Odsonne Edouard sparks £40m Premier League transfer scramble after missing Celtic’s Champions League exit with Leicester, Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle keeping tabs on striker

  • Odsonne Edouard will have plenty of offers after Celtic’s Champions League exit 
  • The £40m-rated France U21 international is already wanted by Leicester City
  • Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle are also keen on the Hoops’ forward  
  • But Celtic are reluctant to lose their star striker as they bid for ten league titles 

Odsonne Edouard is set to be at the centre of a four-way transfer battle between Premier League teams following Celtic’s Champions League exit.

The France Under-21 international missed the 2-1 defeat to Ferencvaros on Wednesday that cost Celtic the chance to play in the group stages and that has put his suitors on alert.

Everton, who are looking to bolster their forward line, have long-held an interest in Edouard and regularly scouted him before lockdown, watching him in back-to-back games against FC Copenhagen and Kilmarnock as Sportsmail reported in March.

Odsonne Edouard will have plenty of offers following Celtic’s recent Champions League exit

Though Carlo Ancelotti has options in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Moise Kean – whom the Italian has vowed will be given another chance in the new campaign – Edouard’s progress over two years in Scotland has made him an attractive proposition.

There are, however, a number of rivals in the frame headed by Leicester City, whose manager Brendan Rodgers signed the 22-year-old for Celtic from Paris St Germain.

Leicester would be in a stronger financial position than Everton, having sold Ben Chilwell to Chelsea for £45million earlier this week.

Newcastle, whose scouts have contacted Celtic, and Aston Villa are the other sides in the frame for Edouard, whom Celtic wanted to tie down to a new contract and lead their quest to win ten titles in a row.

It now seems Edouard will be the biggest name to depart Parkhead before the transfer deadline with manager Neil Lennon admitting after the Ferencvaros game that some players no longer wanted to play at Celtic.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is a confirmed admirer of Celtic’s Edouard

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