Spurs, Arsenal, West Ham, Leicester: The four club chase for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

By John McGinley

January 25, 2021

West Ham United, Leicester City, Arsenal and Spurs are all in the hunt for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, The Daily Record has reported.

The Hammers have made no official approach despite speculation in recent days, the paper states.

The Glasgow Times have reported recently the Frenchman is unlikely to leave Celtic during this transfer window.

However, with less than 18 months remaining on his contract, he’s expected to attract several suitors in the summer.

The Record believes that Spurs and Arsenal have been long-term admirers of the player, while Brendan Rodgers obviously knows about the player and is ‘ready to pounce’ in the summer.

Obviously, more clubs being interested is a good thing for us. That will help keep his transfer value high amidst pandemic problems, dwindling form and an expiring contract.

We may not get the money for him we would have at his Celtic peak, but he can still net the club a tidy profit to be reinvested back into the first-team squad.

There’s an argument to suggest that this week might even be the best time to let him go.

Odsonne Edouard Celtic exit will be end of an era

Celtic’s Scottish Premiership season is all but over. Would it really be that harmful to let him leave six months earlier than expected if it meant the price was jacked up?

I’d argue probably not if looking at it from a business and football perspective. However, the club are already playing with fire regarding the relationship with fans and season ticket renewal.

It wouldn’t be a good look to sell our star asset while we’re 20 points or so behind Rangers.

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic at Hamilton / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

I’ve enjoyed Edouard’s time in Glasgow, of course, but it does feel like the end of an era when it comes to the striking position. There’s no natural alternative to the Frenchman like he was for Moussa Dembele.

Celtic will either have to hope Albian Ajeti comes good or pull another stunner out of a more competitive transfer market than ever.

In other news, Chelsea have shown Celtic how painless it can be to sack a club legend.