Aston Villa should make a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer amid Gabby Agbonlahor’s transfer claim.
Reports in recent weeks and months have suggested that the Hoops star is someone Dean Smith’s side are looking at, but they now appear to face increasing competition in the race to sign him, with claims that Leicester are keen on tying up a deal.
And now, Agbonlahor has urged his former club to make a move for Edouard, and insisted that a deal for the striker would really ease the pressure on Ollie Watkins.
He said: “1,000 per cent. If I was Aston Villa I’d go for him. He’d just add more physicality when Aston Villa are playing against teams with three centre-backs, they could play two strikers in Edouard and Watkins.
“It would just help the load that’s on Watkins. And for a cut-price, which it will be, it’s a no-brainer. I rate him really highly.”
His former Celtic boss, Neil Lennon, has previously raved about the qualities that Edouard brings to the table, and it’s a ringing endorsement of why Villa should be going after him.
He said: “He’s hugely important (to us), he’s an outstanding footballer, talismanic almost, he’s so talented, so cool and he had two great finishes. He’s up there with some of the best we’ve had over the last 20 odd years.”
And, as Agbonlahor says, there’s also the prospect of Edouard actually partnering Watkins up front and giving them a different dimension and set-up going into games.
Given the real lack of cover for Watkins last season in the Premier League, the arrival of the Frenchman this summer is something Smith absolutely needs to ensure that he’s got enough firepower going forward.