Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is reportedly interested in Celtic’s key man Odsonne Edouard.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Eagles could look to move for the Frenchman in January. That’s despite the fact he’s proven to be a massively important figure for Celtic this season, and a deal could be extremely tough to get over the line.
The Sun believes that Hodgson is aware that it will be difficult to lure Edouard south in mid-season. He’s also apparently keeping an eye on Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos too.
There hasn’t been a price labeled in the report regarding what Celtic values him at or however much Palace are willing to pay. But after the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Man Utd for £50million over the summer (BBC), they certainly have some money to burn.
Celtic could have an advantage given Palace’s dismal goalscoring record this season. Out of their 12 Premier League matches so far, the 11th-placed Eagles have only scored 10 goals. Only Watford have less in the entire division (WhoScored).
Palace in desperate need of goals
Crystal Palace’s main centre-forward, Jordan Ayew, only has four goals to his name this season. Christian Benteke, meanwhile, has yet to find the back of the net.
Edouard, meanwhile, has proven to be one of the most productive players at Parkhead. The Frenchman has scored 12 goals and bagged 12 assists too in a stunning campaign (Transfermarkt).
But in truth, it doesn’t matter how much Palace come in with in January, Celtic should tell them where to go.
That’s not because that Edouard is priceless of course. Everyone at Parkhead has a price, but they also have a suitable time when it comes to their departures too. With Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo both struggling with injuries this season, losing Edouard would be almost suicidal.
Yes we could rake in, what we would hope, to be upwards of £20million for his services. But there’s no guarantee that a January replacement will settle in so quickly or have the same ruthlessness as Eddy.
It doesn’t matter if we sign a top-class replacement – if Celtic lose the league, the board will likely get it in the neck. So they would also be doing themselves a favour by dismissing any interest in Palace or anyone for that matter.
A time and a club will arrive for Edouard in the future. But for now, any talk of a January departure has to be dismissed.