Crystal Palace must revive their interest in Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard after his transfer to Leicester City collapsed.
The 23-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to the King Power Stadium in recent weeks until well-respected journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed talks had ended over a potential deal.
Palace were credited with an interest in Edouard 12 months ago before he stayed in Scotland, but now they must return to the France Under-21 international as they look to move on from Roy Hodgson’s time in charge.
A reunion between Edouard and Brendan Rodgers at Leicester looked inevitable this summer. However, with the Midlands outfit opting to sign RB Salzburg forward Patson Daka instead, the Celtic man is back on the market.
After leaving boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain back in 2017 in search of regular game time, the £13. 5m-rated marksman has gone from strength to strength at Parkhead.
In 168 appearances for the Hoops, Edouard has bagged 83 goals and laid on a further 37 assists, winning nine major trophies along the way.
His impressive displays have caught the eye of a host of top teams across the continent, although it’s unlikely any of them need the 6 ft 2 ace more than Palace do.
Although Christian Benteke has committed his future to the south London outfit by putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal, Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has returned to his parent club, leaving a void at the top end of the pitch.
With talisman Wilfried Zaha lining himself up for a move away from Selhurst Park and creative midfielder Eberechi Eze out injured until the new year, Hodgson’s successor could be desperately short of attacking options.
The potential arrival of Edouard, therefore, would be a hugely significant coup for the capital club in their bid for Premier League survival next season.
Once described as an “outstanding footballer” by former Celtic striker Frank McGarvey, the ex-PSG man would be a valuable addition to Palace’s ranks and could prove to be the difference between relegation and a 10th consecutive top-flight campaign.