Aston Villa continue to be linked to one name and according to reports over the weekend, they have been told how much it’ll cost to clinch him.
Alan Nixon in The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 62) claims that Celtic could put their star striker Odsonne Edouard on the chopping block before the October 5th deadline as uncertainty continues over his future at Parkhead.
The 22-year-old seems unwilling to commit his future to the Scottish champions, meaning Neil Lennon could cash in before the transfer window closes next week.
However, any potential buyer will have to fork out £30m for his services, which would be another club-record fee for the Midlands outfit after splashing an initial £28m on Ollie Watkins from Brentford.
Brighton and Crystal Palace are also interested in the emphatic goalscorer, who was named on the bench for the Hoops’ 3-0 win over Hibs on Sunday afternoon.
Edouard bagged a whopping 27 goals in 45 appearances last season, and even provided 19 assists per Transfermarkt as Celtic clinched their ninth title in a row but the Scottish giants weren’t able to advance in the Champions League qualifying stages.
The French powerhouse has received plenty of plaudits since his meteoric rise as Moussa Dembele’s successor.
Brendan Rodgers described Edouard as an “incredible” player with a “great footballing brain and technique” whilst current boss Neil Lennon claims his striker is an “outstanding footballer, talismanic almost.”
He’s even been lauded as a “complete all-round striker” so you can only imagine the damage Smith’s side could do with both Watkins and Edouard in attack.
Every decent Premier Leauge outfit has two solid options in attack, think Arsenal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette or Man City with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
This would be one massive coup for Aston Villa.
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