David Sullivan should block any efforts by David Moyes to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer after Frank McAvennie backed West Ham United to seal a deal.
While speaking with Football Insider, former Irons and Hoops striker McAvennie has claimed he would happily bring Edouard to the London Stadium at the end of the season.
West Ham were credited with an interest in signing the 23-year-old for £35m during the January transfer window following Sebastien Haller’s move to Ajax, after David Moyes had the Celtic star scouted on several occasions.
Moyes admitted he later passed up on any attacking arrivals as he decided to keep £15-20m aside for the summer, when the Hammers boss will be expected to explore options to fill the void left by Haller.
West Ham could face heightened competition in any efforts to sign Edouard, who was linked with Leicester City in January, with Arsenal and Liverpool both claimed to be keen as Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp eye reinforcements.
McAvennie is not entirely convinced that Edouard would be Moyes sort of player, but would persist with a deal if he were the one sitting at the London Stadium helm.
“I would take Edouard at West Ham but the way he downed tools with Lenny [Neil Lennon] was disappointing,” he said.
“The boy’s got talent and West Ham need a striker. But if David Moyes would have that kind of player, I don’t know. But you get the ball up to him and he keeps it. He’s definitely a talent.”
Edouard has been scoring freely for Celtic this season with 20 goals in 34 games across all competitions, including against AC Milan during the Europa League group stage and hitting eight in six Premiership fixtures earlier in the year.
His run of eight goals in six Scottish top-flight encounters between January 27 and February 14 would go against McAvennie’s suggestion that the former France U21 international had downed tools for Lennon, but his comments are not the first to question Edouard.
Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton claimed in December that “he doesn’t always look that interested,” while Andy Halliday suggested the £19,000-per-week striker “seems unhappy” in November – suggesting Edouard’s attitude has never picked up.
That would be a huge problem for Moyes and Sullivan if West Ham were to beat out interest from Arsenal and Liverpool to sign Edouard at the end of the season, as his arrival would undoubtedly be expensive and have to live up to that price tag.
Haller could never live up to the club-record £45m fee West Ham paid Eintracht Frankfurt for his services in 2019 and was ultimately sold for just £20m as Moyes feared the Irons would never see offers worth that again.
Part of the problem for Haller, who scored just 10 Premier League goals in 48 games, was that Moyes did not believe the Ivory Coast international worked hard enough for the side, and thus continually backed Michail Antonio to lead the line.
Sullivan would surely rue repeating that expensive failure by bringing Edouard in to replace Haller, only for the Hoops star to follow on the same path given the questions surrounding his attitude at Parkhead.
AND in other news, West Ham are set to sign a £13.5m-rated titan for free this summer…