Odsonne Edouard ‘in talks’ to seal £ 18million transfer after Aston Villa claims
Leicester City look set to win the race to sign Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard this summer.
Edward has been widely tipped to leave the Scottish Premiership club as he enters the final year of his contract with Aston Villa, who are said to be among the teams interested.
Villa looked to Edward last year but decided not to submit an offer, focusing on Ollie Watkins who signed a Â£ 28million deal with Brentford.
Watkins enjoyed an exceptional first campaign at Villa Park, scoring 14 Premier League goals and entering the England squad.
But Villa are keen to add attacking reinforcements to Dean Smith’s side ahead of next season, with a deal for Norwich City winger Emi Buendia having already been struck.
Burnley’s Chris Wood and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham – who have already been on a successful loan spell at Villa – are also among the attackers to have been linked, along with Edward.
Edward, 23, has scored 16 goals in 26 Scottish Premiership appearances in the past season as Celtic missed a historic tenth consecutive title against Old Firm rivals Rangers.
It has been previously reported that the France Under-21 international is keen to move to the Premier League and he looks set to have that wish come true.
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According to the Guardian, Leicester are in advanced talks with the striker and are getting closer to reaching a deal with Celtic.
Edward would be keen to find Brendan Rodgers who played under the orders of the Foxes boss at Celtic.
The former Paris Saint-Germain frontman is expected to cost around Â£ 18million, just 12 months after fees of up to Â£ 40million were announced for his services.