Leicester City want to “wrap up” a move for Odsonne Edouard shortly, according to TalkSport editor Jason Bourne.
Bourne, who heads up the radio station’s football news, has close ties to the Foxes. He claims that Brendan Rodgers is close to reuniting with the Frenchman, who he brought to Celtic for £9m [Sky Sports].
I understand Boubakary Soumaré to Leicester City is getting closer to completion. Appears formalities just need to be sorted now.
Leicester also want to wrap up Odsonne Edouard deal. Personal terms not a problem. Looking to arrange a fee now. Could be £15-20m. @talkSPORT
— Jason Bourne 🗣🎙📻 (@JasonBourne1986) May 18, 2021
With a mooted price of between £15m and £20m, it seems unlikely that Celtic would accept less than the top end of that scale. After all, the club will be reluctant to sell at all, let alone to Rodgers’ Leicester City. However, you’d expect that Rodgers will be wanting to make this painless as possible for the club he left under bitter circumstances in February 2019.
Edouard, as Bourne states, will be joined by Lille’s Boubakary Soumaré, who Bhoys fans will be familiar with. The 22-year-old has starred for the Ligue 1 title contenders throughout 20-21 [Ligue 1].
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What did we ever do to the city of Leicester?
Honestly, answers on a postcard please. If they start wearing Green and White hoops and form a fondness for the songs of Glen Daly, then we’d have every right to launch an inquiry.
Still, out of anywhere Edouard could end up, it’s not impossible to imagine we’d get the best offer from Leicester. Seemingly, the personal talks are all but done, but you’d have thought Rodgers would surely get his club to offer up the thicker end of the mooted price scale.
The Foxes have all but secured Champions League football, something Edouard will have been craving. And it’s not like he’d lack for game-time. As evergreen as Jamie Vardy is, the FA Cup final winner will know that at 34, his best days are behind him.
Ihenacho has offered spark, but Edouard is that consistent kind of striker that is absolute gold dust. If he can get firing for Leicester City, we’ll be asking ourselves why we didn’t get a better price for him. In the last year of his deal, though, £15-20m is what represents “decent” value for the striker.
We need a replacement in fast.