As reported by The Daily Record, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has opened up on potentially making a move for striker Odsonne Edouard this summer, revealing all the Hoops have to do to make it happen is trigger the fee.
Not much is known about the clause in place to make the Frenchman’s loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain permanent, but The Daily Record say that Rodgers has insisted it is below the £7m fee previously quoted by media outlets.
The Hoops boss has also openly discussed the deal this week, praising the player for his ‘fantastic’ ability.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Rodgers said:
There is a clause in the deal. The clause is there and there’s been an agreement – but we would need to trigger the fee. There’s a lot to do in terms of the bigger picture too. In time we’ll see. He’s a fantastic player and we’ll see between now and the end of the season.
But he’s settled in well and if we have any chance to do something at the end of the season then we can look at that.
Because his representatives aren’t running about throwing him to every club under the sun it doesn’t mean he’s not a top player.
There’s no propaganda around him, but he’s a top talent.
It certainly sounds as if the Celtic Park boss is interested in Edouard’s services and they wouldn’t have agreed a fee with PSG if they couldn’t afford shelling out for him, so is a deal inevitable come the end of the season?
Perhaps the biggest barrier between Celtic sanctioning the deal and not is Edouard’s lack of consistency this season. Impressive in bursts and scoring eight goals, he has gone through spells without finding the back of the net or performing well. However, the same could be said of Moussa Dembele.
By far his biggest moment so far in the Hoops was his stunning winner at Ibrox recently, making him a firm favourite with supporters.
If he could produce that kind of magic on a regular basis then his signing would be a no-brainer.
Perhaps Brendan Rodgers is ahead of the curve and recognises that will come in time as the 20-year-old develops further.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see if the Hoops boss makes his move at the end of the season.