Newcastle have been linked with Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard for some time now.
And there are reports every day with players the new Newcastle, under new owners, will go after this summer.
And that’s one of the things that seems to be upsetting owner Mike Ashley, in addition to the time it’s taking for the Premier League to OK the deal: the takeover is currently going through the owners and directors test.
Arsenal are the other big club interested in the 22-year-old French U21 striker, who has scored 62 goals in 126 games for Celtic over the last three seasons.
But the Scottish Premiership is a much different kettle of fish (so to speak) than the England Premier League.
And it’s always difficult to know how players who are successful north of the border will fare in the Premier League.
22-year-old Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard
The Chronicle have a piece out today on transfer expert Ian McGarry, who has been talking on the Transfer Window podcast:
This is some of what he said about Edouard:
“He has been attracting interest from a lot of clubs, mainly in the Premier League but also in Europe as well.”
“A player who has been instrumental this season in Celtic’s rise to be 13 points ahead of Rangers as things stand.”
“There is interest from Newcastle United who are determined to make sensible investments regarding player recruitment.”
“That’s rather than using the scattergun approach which other Premier League clubs who have been taken over and invested in by nation states or indeed wealthy individuals have used.”
“Edouard is valued at £40M by Celtic but of course in this current market they’re unlikely to achieve that kind of figure for the player.”
“Newcastle are still waiting for their takeover to be confirmed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund but are very keen to take Edouard, partly on the basis that he is someone who wants to play football every week.”
“He and his representatives have stated to interested parties that he doesn’t want to go to a club where he will be second or third choice, he wants to develop his career in a very constructive and progressive way.”
“Money is not the be-all and end-all at this stage in his career and also obviously a move from Glasgow to Newcastle for the France striker would not be as much as a shock I suspect.”
The player we need this summer who will make Newcastle instantly a better side is a good prolific striker.
Newcastle have really missed Salomon Rondon this season, and he moved to join former manager Rafa Benitez at Chinese Super Club Dalian.
We have been creating chances this season and manager Steve Bruce has introduced a more attacking style this year and certainly the team has looked good as a counter-attacking side.
But we haven’t been able to put the ball into the back of the net enough times during games with only 25 goals in our 29 league games,.
Maybe Edouard would be the one to do that, but there has to be some doubt about that.
But the player is young and certainly the best years are ahead of him.
He started his career at PSG and eventually moved to Celtic permanently in the summer of 2018.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.