Aston Villa’s pursuit of a new striker received a blow earlier this week as Callum Wilson chose one of their Premier League rivals instead, but maybe it’s time for Dean Smith to turn his attention to another mooted target…
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Celtic talisman Odsonne Edouard is “still a live target” for the Midlands outfit having been linked with him for most of the off-season.
His agent has previously confirmed their interest but no official contact had been made between the two clubs over a potential deal.
While Mike McGrath at the Telegraph believes it would take an offer of around £40m to convince the Scottish champions to sell their star man this summer – the likes of Leicester City and Arsenal have also been linked with moves.
If he’s not, then he should be.
It’s no secret that Smith needs a new striker to improve their fortunes in front of goal and they should look no further than Edouard, that’s if he continues to be put off by Brentford’s valuation of Ollie Watkins.
There won’t be a better time to pounce than now after Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League last month and playing in the Premier League would aid his chances of actually getting a crack at the big time given the places on offer.
His influence under Neil Lennon is integral to their success, as seen in comments from the man himself, who once said: “He’s hugely important (to us), he’s an outstanding footballer, talismanic almost, he’s so talented, so cool.”
Former Celtic man Mark Wilson adds weight to that by claiming that Edouard is a “complete all-round striker” whilst his physical attributes could be a better match for the PL.
In recent seasons, we’ve seen the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney swap the SPFL for England, so that shouldn’t be enough to put anyone off a move for Edouard.
Johan Lange can make it third time lucky with a £40m swoop this summer.
AND in other news, Aston Villa move for PL misfit would be shades of Scott Sinclair…