Leicester City are closing in on the signing of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard as Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his squad over the summer.
What’s the story?
According to Sky Sports News, the two clubs have held positive talks over the sale of the 23-year-old, although a deal has yet to be reached.
Edouard and Rodgers worked together for 18 months during the Northern Irishman’s time at Parkhead, and they could be reunited over the coming months.
Fans will be buzzing
The potential arrival of the France under-21 international is surely one which will have the Leicester supporters buzzing.
After missing out on a Champions League qualification spot by the smallest of margins last season, the Midlands outfit appear to be keen to bolster their ranks ahead of a renewed assault on the Premier League’s top four.
Edouard has impressed throughout his time in Scotland, bagging 83 goals and providing 37 assists in 168 appearances for the Hoops, winning eight major trophies in the process. However, with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2022, his four-year stay at Celtic Park is drawing to a close.
It would represent another piece of smart business in the transfer market by the current FA Cup holders, with Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare also poised to arrive at the King Power Stadium.
The proposed new additions to Rodgers’ squad should ensure the Foxes carry on their magnificent progression under the 48-year-old, but a return to Europe’s elite cup competition will remain the objective.
Edouard’s arrival should allow Leicester to compete on multiple fronts, adding competition and cover for Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho up front, with his extra firepower potentially pivotal in their pursuit of Champions League football.
While Vardy still hit an impressive 15 top-flight goals last season, there were some signs of the 34-year-old slowing down (he hit a scoring trough in the latter weeks of the campaign), and the youthful Edouard should be able to ease the goalscoring burden on the English veteran.