West Ham could reignite their interest in prolific talisman Odsonne Edouard this off-season…
According to Football Insider, the door has opened for the Irons to make a fresh move for the Celtic striker this summer as Leicester City finalise a move for another one of David Moyes’ targets, Patson Daka, from RB Salzburg.
The East London outfit are just one of several teams to have been linked to the Frenchman in recent months, with the likes of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund directly mentioned in the report.
Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Aston Villa have also been mooted with interest, as well as some teams from the Serie A, as per the Daily Record.
Earlier this month, the Foxes looked to have sealed a £15m move for Edouard prior to their move for Daka, so he’s likely available for similar now.
A player of Edouard’s calibre would be the perfect addition to accompany Michail Antonio in attack next season, after the Celtic star scored 22 times across all competitions last season, adding to his 28 goals and 19 assists a year earlier.
His form north of the border has led to many glowing endorsements.
“He is a wonderful talent and it’s no surprise the top teams will be looking at him,” he told the Daily Record in April.
But it’s not just Edouard’s goalscoring record that makes for great appeal. His movement off the ball, explosive speed and ability to read the pace of the game is also up there for consideration.
“He had the confidence and the obsession with scoring all great strikers need. He never doubts his qualities. But this behaviour can create panic – for the opposition defenders,” claimed former France youth coach Jean-Claude Giuntini to the BBC.
“He had an excellent sense of anticipation which gave him a remarkable ability to read play. And he had a considerable skill for shooting – his efforts were targeted, precise and powerful.”
The Irons cannot afford to go into a 50-plus game campaign relying on an injury-prone Antonio to do it all and given the finances involved with some of Moyes’ targets, it would make the world of sense to plump for Edouard over them all.
The 23-year-old, who has also been dubbed “unstoppable”, would surely be the better option to someone like Abraham, not just financially. It’s hard to ignore what the Frenchman has done in Scotland.
GSB must look to seal this deal after receiving a monumental boost in their pursuit to sign him.