Newcastle United have identified Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard as their main transfer priority this summer, according to the Daily Star.
The Daily Star has reported that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has held a series of video meetings recently regarding possible transfer opportunities. From those, it’s believed that Edouard has become their number one target.
Celtic will also fight to keep a hold of their star-man. That’s despite the fact he’ll only have two years left on his current Parkhead deal in the summer.
The Daily Star has also reported that another striker Bruce is keen on is Alfredo Morelos of Rangers. However, he doesn’t rank above Edouard in Newcastle’s list of summer priorities.
Edouard has rattled home 27 goals in 48 appearances for the Hoops (Transfermarkt). His big-game player status has certainly stayed with him this season too – performing against the likes of Copenhagen, Cluj, and Rangers to name a few.
List of Premier League clubs interested grows
This report from the Daily Star comes hot on the heels of the Daily Mirror revealing Arsenal’s interest last week. The report from the Star, meanwhile, has also stated that Everton have had Edouard watched this season.
Meanwhile, the Daily Record reported back in January that Leicester were readying a potential £30m bid for Edouard’s services come the summer.
With four Premier League clubs having now been mentioned, it’s difficult not to see one of them coming in for Eddy. If Celtic were to receive a groundbreaking offer of £30m, for example, you would expect the club to bite the hand off.
Our previous record for a transfer sale came last summer when Kieran Tierney left for Arsenal. That raked in £20m for the club. If Celtic had the chance to break even that record for another £10m extra – it would be difficult to turn down.
Of course, Edouard can still do better than Newcastle. The Magpies currently sit 13th and are only seven points ahead of the relegation zone. They’ve struggled under Bruce, so you wonder whether the North East would be good for Edouard’s development.
Celtic fans won’t care where he might end up, so long as he stays at Parkhead for the potential 10-in-a-row season. The more clubs who get linked with him, however, the more unlikely that prospect feels.