Once Ange Postecoglou has taken charge of his first Celtic match on Wednesday afternoon, his attentions will quickly revert back to the transfer window.
According to Football Insider, the Bhoys have begun discussions to sign former West Brom attacker Kyle Edwards.
Celtic were interested in the 23-year-old back in January but following the expiry of his contract at the Hawthorns, he’s now a free agent.
Consequently, they’re now working on a deal to bring him to Paradise this summer.
Postecoglou will have to part ways with £300,000 in compensation towards the Baggies, a fee that will cover development costs.
If Celtic end up signing Edwards in the next few weeks then it may give the new manager license to finally get rid of Ryan Christie.
The Scot’s contract expires in January, meaning this is the final time the Bhoys can fetch a sum of money for his services.
Crystal Palace have been linked with a switch but given the lack of options Celtic have in their ranks, they need to keep him until they find a replacement.
In Edwards, they could have the perfect man. Like Christie, he’s capable of playing on the flanks and through the middle just behind the striker.
He played just five times for West Brom in the Premier League last season but has caught the eye despite never reaching his full potential.
Edwards has 13 career goals but is a rampant threat, possessing pace in abundance. GPS data tracked the wide man as the fastest player in the Albion squad last summer, which is a trait that would go down enormously well at Paradise.
Speaking about the forward’s qualities, former Celtic target Romaine Sawyers once said: “I remember Kyle when he was proper, proper small — he was an unbelievable player even then.”
Sawyers continued: “Mark Harrison, our old academy manager, told my age group, ‘We’ve got this kid who is 10 years old and this is Messi.’ No word of a lie; I could see the comparison back then. If Kyle’s got videos, I’d urge him to show anybody. He was unbelievable and to see him now in the first team warms my heart.”
With the ability to dribble past players with ease, he’d be a wonderful addition to the Celtic ranks.
It could also appease the supporters who are keen to see Christie leave this summer. In Edwards, they have the ideal replacement.