David Sullivan must avoid a summer swoop for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard after it emerged that West Ham United are in pole position to get him.
According to Football Insider, the Hammers have stolen a march in the race to sign Edouard after the 23-year-old rejected a new contract at Parkhead.
The London Stadium natives are believed to be assembling the framework of a deal for the French forward, and are hopeful of securing his services.
Arsenal and Leicester City have registered their interest in the Hoops attacker, but progress is being made in east London to get a deal on the table before the summer market begins.
Celtic are growing resigned to losing Edouard at the end of the season after he turned down the offer of a new contract, with his current terms set to expire next year.
Edouard had offers to leave the Premiership giants during the January market but opted to stay put, believing that more suitors would emerge in the summer, much to the annoyance of Celtic who lowered their asking price in hopes of securing a deal.
His mixed form during a limp title defence, limited time remaining on his current contract and the pandemic have given Edouard’s camp confidence that he could be sold for as little as £8-10m when the next window opens.
If Edouard is available at the end of the season for a fee close to £10m, it may be hard for West Ham to ignore the chance to seal a deal with Celtic for their 23-year-old attacker. But anything more than that must see Sullivan walk away.
Franck McAvennie recently suggested that Edouard is one of too many Celtic players who have been playing for themselves rather than the team as a collective this season, and that the “wonderful talent” has not earned a move to a top side with his efforts at Parkhead.
“Does he deserve to go to a big club at the moment? I don’t know,” McAvennie said, via quotes by the Daily Record. “The way he’s played this season, he’s let the supporters down and he’s let himself down because he’s better than that.”
Former Celtic striker Andy Walker has also hit out at Edouard for his attitude and claimed: “I think he owes his teammates and the Celtic fans a big performance,” as his determination to be the game-changer has not always been on show.
West Ham signing a player with a proven attitude issue could come back to haunt them fast, as head coach David Moyes lauded the “fantastic” mindset of his players amid a relegation fight last season and has kept much the same squad for a European push this term.
Only Craig Dawson, Vladimir Coufal and Jesse Lingard are regular members of Moyes’ plans who were not at the London Stadium last season, and each boast brilliant attitudes.
If that is something Edouard lacks, West Ham simply must stay away from another expensive disaster after losing £25m on the club-record fee paid to Eintracht Frankfurt for Sebastien Haller.
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