Report: Celtic interested in Liverpool's Taiwo Awoniyi if Odsonne Edouard departs

By David Walton

August 27, 2020

Celtic are interested in making a move for Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi if Odsonne Edouard leaves, according to the Daily Star.

The English newspaper believes that Awoniyi would be valued at £9million, despite having never played a game for the Anfield club.

Awoniyi has spent all of his time with Liverpool out on loan. This has included spells with Mainz in Germany, Gent and Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium, and Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen respectively.

Taiwo Awoniyi challenges for the ball (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

In 125 appearances at senior level, Awoniyi has netted 35 goals (Transfermarkt). None of them, however, have been in the Premier League.

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The Daily Star believes Celtic are keeping tabs on the Nigerian under-23 international. However, he would only be brought in if Edouard was to leave considering he’s only being looked at as a potential replacement.

Selling Edouard would be a punch in the gut for supporters

After last night’s horror show against Ferencvaros in the Champions League, the last thing we need to be doing is selling our top stars.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon was saying in the build-up to the game that he doesn’t need the Champions League money in to get his main transfer targets in the door (Scottish Sun). Why on earth would we then need it just to keep the players that are already here?

Of course, you can’t legislate for player discontent. After a third consecutive year of failing to qualify for the Champions League group stages, some of Celtic’s more talented stars could be eyeing a club that will offer them that very carrot.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If Edouard is one of them, it puts a different complexion on things. The whole idea about Celtic being in a good position regarding the Frenchman is that he’s happy here and isn’t making noises about leaving. If that changes, so does our position regarding a potential sale.

Awoniyi certainly has experience under his belt for a 23-year-old, but his goal record doesn’t exactly stand out. That’s not what you want to be saying about a player who could potentially replace your top goalscorer.

Regardless, we’ll be keeping an eye on this one. Despite the Liverpool youngster’s talent, hopefully we’re not forced into making a move.

In other news, Celtic captain Scott Brown has provided his own message to the club’s wantaway players.