Leicester City are reportedly closing in on the signing of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
What’s the story?
According to The Sun, Brendan Rodgers is set to get his wish of a new forward over the summer as Edouard nears the Parkhead exit door.
The Frenchman is set to enter the final 12 months of his current contract with the Glasgow giants and has attracted a lot of attention in recent months, but it seems as though Leicester are in pole position for his signature.
Fans will be buzzing
Leicester enjoyed a fabulous season in 2020/21, claiming their first-ever FA Cup crown before narrowly missing out on a Champions League qualification spot.
However, it’s the second consecutive campaign where the Midlands outfit have missed out on a place in the Premier League’s top four in the final round of fixtures, and it’s clear that Rodgers is aiming to add more strength in depth to his first-team squad.
Serious injuries to key players such as Caglar Soyuncu, Harvey Barnes and James Maddison at various points throughout the season seriously hampered the Foxes’ progress, while the likes of Chelsea had an abundance of options available to select from.
The 2016 English champions may not have the financial resources to compete with their domestic rivals directly, but they’ve founded their success off the back of extremely astute work in the transfer market, often selling players on for huge profits before reinvesting wisely.
Signing Edouard would certainly fall into that bracket. The 23-year-old marksman has bagged 83 goals and provided 37 assists in just 168 appearances for Celtic, including 22 this season despite their struggles.
He earned praise from former manager Neil Lennon after inspiring the Hoops to victory during his time in charge of the Scottish Premiership outfit.
“He’s scored goals in cup finals, he’s scored goals in big games from the penalty spot, and he took it brilliantly today. He looked far more like himself today, and I thought he was magnificent. He’s a joy to watch at times, so he’s had a good day as well,” remarked Lennon.
But Rodgers will need no convincing over his quality having worked with Edouard at Celtic Park during his stint north of the border.
The former France Under-21 international could be the perfect back-up for an ageing Jamie Vardy, who will turn 35 halfway through next season, and also compliment the reinvigorated Kelechi Iheanacho well, given their differing styles.
Leicester supporters will be hoping Rodgers can take them one step further in 2021/22 by finally breaking into the top four, and the arrival of Edouard may just prove to be the final piece of the jigsaw.
Foxes fans will surely be buzzing if their club can get this deal over the line.