Former Kilmarnock defender Alex Bruce has revealed that he has recommended Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard to Newcastle.
The 35-year-old is the son of Magpies boss Steve Bruce, and he says the France Under 21 international would be well worth the £20m to £30m he would cost:
“I have told dad about Edouard so we’ll see when you look at going into Europe to buy a top striker now, I mean Newcastle paid £40million for Joelinton, the price teams demand nowadays for top strikers is huge.”
“When you think of what it might cost to get him out of Celtic, it might be worth a punt. Whether you could get him for £20-30million, I know it sounds like a lot of money but in today’s market it might be alright and if he comes and does anything near what he does (in Scotland) in the Premier League then it would be great.”
Whether Celtic would accept such a figure in the summer, it remains to be seen. TV pundit Chris Sutton pointed to Joelinton’s £40m transfer fee from Hoffenheim as one of the reasons why he thinks Edouard is worth at least that amount. Considering the goals that the Frenchman has scored, it is a very fair point to make.
The Celtic forward has bagged himself 23 goals so far this campaign, more than he managed in the whole of last season, and he looks set to score a lot more between now and the summer.
Supporters would dearly like Edouard to stay beyond the end of the season, but the 22-year-old does have a fair number of suitors, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all having been linked in recent weeks.