A trio of Premier League sides are weighing up a summer move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. Manchester United, Newcastle and Everton are all reportedly keen on the Scottish Premiership top goalscorer.
Edouard has netted 21 times in the league this term – eight more than his closest challenger Jermaine Defoe.
Celtic have opened up a 12-point gap at the top of the table as they hunt a ninth straight title.
United are desperate for attacking reinforcements this summer after missing out on Erling Braut Haaland last month.
Everton and Newcastle will also be looking to bolster their ranks when the window reopens.
And 22-year-old Edouard, who signed for Celtic from Toulouse for £10million in 2018, could make the move south of the board, according to the Daily Record.
Speculation over moves to Premier League clubs can usually affect a player’s on-pitch performance.
But Celtic winger James Forrest has been impressed with how the Frenchman has handled the rumours.
“That’s a positive for him and for the club and for the players as well, because you know you’re playing with a really good player,” Forrest said of Edouard’s transfer links.
“He’s putting in performances in every game and every competition, so it’s good for us that we’ve got him and hopefully he can just keep doing what he’s doing.
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“All the boys know if he gets a chance he is more likely to score it than not.”
Celtic take on Danish side Kobenhavn in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie tomorrow.
And after a tricky 1-1 draw in the first leg, Forrest believes his side can make home advantage count.
“There were mixed feelings last week,” he said. “It was a good result in hindsight because they missed a penalty but we had a lot of chances in the first half and we probably could have killed it.
“Away from home in Europe to get a 1-1 is a good result, and we’ve got the second leg now at home, but because we played well on the break and had a few chances, it was a bit of a mixed night.
“But we got the away goal which is really important, and we will be confident on Thursday.
“We know if we can keep it tight, defend from the front and defend as a team like we did in Copenhagen, we’ve got a lot of good players who can hurt them.
“We made a lot of really good chances over there and could have scored more, and that’s a real positive for us.”
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