The Celtic exit rumours will undoubtedly be cranked up over the next week, with Odsonne Edouard to West Ham one of the current talking points.
The Daily Star reported yesterday that the Frenchman is seriously interesting the Premier League side. However, the report also valued him as £35million-rated. That would be tricky to obtain given he’s been woefully under-par this season.
Remember, the Glasgow Times stated last week that Celtic aren’t expecting to lose Edouard this January. They also said that Celtic were looking to recoup double the £9m they paid out for him when they signed him from PSG in 2018.
So there appear to be conflicting reports on how much Celtic could want. Keeping him in the summer has meant that his value has decreased. But that’s the dangerous game we played to try and secure 10-in-a-row.
As for the player himself, the Daily Star reports that he’s ideally looking for a top-six club in England. Again, his poor form this season could halt that. Edouard only has four Premiership goals to his name this season [Transfermarkt].
Celtic exit rumours not surprising
Celtic fans have come to accept that he’ll be away in the summer. There’s no chance the Hoops allow for him to enter the final six months of his deal and get nothing for him. That would be unthinkable given the kind of asset he is.
And there’s also still an argument to suggest that a move this month would be the best thing for all parties too. Celtic don’t have much else to fight for this season with the Premiership title-race all but over.
Come the summer, Edouard’s valuation will drop as he enters the final 12 months of his contract. It doesn’t matter how good he is on his day – that’s just the nature of player valuations. It’ll be interesting to see whether Celtic are happy to allow that to happen given the landscape of the current season.
Even so, it’s clear he’s rated down south by West Ham supporters in particular. Many are looking for their club to pounce before next week’s deadline day.
Here’s a look at some of the reaction from Hammers fans to the Edouard speculation. Celtic can feel this is vindication that Eddy remains a pricey asset:
£20m for Edouard… Please West Ham, Please!!!! https://t.co/oVcZJMXTFz
— Jack⚒ (@Jackbailey27) January 22, 2021
On Edouard: he isn’t worth £35m and he isn’t good enough for a Tottenham or Arsenal, like reported. £20m tops and I think we are his level. Hope we go for it.
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) January 24, 2021
Posted about Edouard before!
I’d absolutely love him at West Ham, he’d really help us push on toward Europe, plus he has goals at that level!
He can hit a free kick as well!
I actually think he’d fit us much better than En-Nesyri! https://t.co/t7GxbIfK5z
— WHUFC_⚒️_Football_Sloth (@WhufcSloth) January 21, 2021
I really like En-Nesyri, I mentioned him as a striker option in a West Ham Way article when he was at Leganés!
However that’s when he’d have cost £18m!
Now he’d be at least £30m!
We’d be much better off going for Dia & Daka or Mateta!
If you want 1 big striker, go for Edouard!
— WHUFC_⚒️_Football_Sloth (@WhufcSloth) January 18, 2021
Edouard would be a great signing for West Ham
— Danwhitingson32 (@danwhitingson32) January 24, 2021
Im a West ham supporter living up here now in Scotland and Edouard is a great player only reason in some games he hasn't done great is the formation in some games he has destroyed teams up here including rangers in the past be a great signing if he did somehow sign for us
— Shabba man (@dj_shabba) January 24, 2021
Edouard is valued at £20m by Celtic according to TalkSPORT…
Slap it straight on the table @WestHam! ⚒️
— West Ham News & Views (@WestHamViews_) January 23, 2021
Edouard and Lingard will be solid.
Trust in Moyes! #COYI
— West Ham Latest (@westham_latest) January 24, 2021