Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that the Hoops may look to sign players from clubs who are “struggling” financially during the suspension of football fixtures.
The Irishman also spoke out on Odsonne Edouard’s future, admitting that they will have to stay strong to keep hold of the Frenchman during a difficult period, but he is confident he can get him to sign a one-year contract extension:
“No question there’s going to be interest in him. But ideally, we’ll tie him down for another year on top of what he has already and keep him here.”
“The flip side of that is we could look at other clubs, who are maybe struggling, and maybe we could pinch a few ourselves that possibly we wouldn’t have been able to afford previously.”
Getting players in on the cheap, while keeping hold of their best players will be Celtic’s key goal when the transfer window reopens.
In Edouard’s case, the striker is reportedly on Arsenal and Newcastle’s radar, but the valuation of the France Under 21 international could be adversely affected by the ongoing health crisis which is also harming the finances of every football team.
Lennon also hinted that keeping hold of the striker for another year would allow his asking price to rebound which would be more beneficial to the club in the long run.