An update has emerged on Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Celtic centre-forward Odsonne Edouard.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Odsonne Edouard is edging closer to becoming a Crystal Palace player and he is set to undergo his medical in London.
Romano claims that a fee in the region of between €18m-€19m has already been agreed between Celtic and the Eagles, with personal terms also wrapped up between the player and the club.
Crystal Palace fans will love this update from Romano as it all but confirms that the dynamo will be strutting his stuff at Selhurst Park this season.
As long as his medical goes swimmingly and there are no major issues that could cause a deal to collapse, Edouard will join Palace and bolster Patrick Vieira’s squad. The French striker has impressed in Scotland in recent years and his goalscoring record should get Eagles fans excited about what he could bring to their side.
In 104 Scottish Premiership games for the Hoops, Edouard has scored 59 goals and provided 26 assists. This shows that he has been able to prove himself in Scotland as he has a goal involvement rate of more than a goal or assist every other game.
Last year, former Hoops forward Frank McGarvey lauded the centre-forward as an outstanding footballer, saying at the time that he expected a £20m bid to come in for him.
“I just love watching Edouard. He has that bit of magic in his feet, and he reminds me of Charlie Nicholas.
“You just know if he gets the ball just outside of the box the other team are in trouble. Edouard has that ability to produce something out of nothing because he has such quick feet.
“I think someone will come in this summer and put £20million on the table for him. You can’t blame Celtic for taking it, especially in the current climate.
“I’ll be sorry to see him go because he is an outstanding footballer. His temperament and his ability are genuinely top class.”
This highlights how highly-rated he is north of the border and gives an insight into the type of player Palace are set to receive. He has ‘magic in his feet’ and has proven that he can score goals, but it is now down to him to show that he can translate his form in Scotland to the Premier League.
Time will tell if he’s able to do that, but Eagles fans will love this piece of business for now as their club are bringing in a young, 23-year-old, attacker with potential – one who has already shown excellent signs in front of goal in Scotland.
Palace needed a new striker and it looks like they’re about to get one.
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