Leicester ‘set to beat Arsenal and Brighton to the signing of Odsonne Edouard for £15m with Celtic striker preferring a reunion with Brendan Rodgers’
- Rodgers worked with Edouard during his three years at Celtic from 2016-2019
- Working with his former boss is thought to be a key factor in choosing Leicester
- Deal ‘will be ratified once Ange Postecoglou is confirmed as boss at Parkhead’
- Edouard and Kelechi Iheanacho could be long-term successors to Jamie Vardy
Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers signed the sought-after forward for the Scottish side for a club-record £8million fee in 2018.
And according to the Times, a reunion with Rodgers was a a crucial factor in persuading Edouard to move to the King Power amid interest from the Gunners, Brighton, Tottenham and Italian champions Inter Milan.
Leicester are reportedly set to win the race to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard for £15m
Brendan Rodgers’ side are thought to have fought off competition from Arsenal and Brighton
It is understood the deal will be officially rubber-stamped once Celtic confirm Ange Postecoglou as their new manager, with UEFA approval still needed to bring the Australian in as boss at Parkhead.
The Hoops have agreed compensation with his current employers, Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos, but the deal is being held up as the club applies for an exemption given his lack of European coaching qualifications.
Edouard has attracted interest from across Europe after three prolific full seasons in Glasgow, with 74 goals in 139 appearances in all competitions across that time.
A reunion with Rodgers, who worked with him at Celtic, was ‘a key factor in Edouard’s move’
The France U21 international has scored 74 goals in 139 matches in three seasons at Parkhead
The French Guiana-born forward was at the apex of his value last summer after scoring 29 goals in 2019-20 to help his side secure a historic ‘treble treble’ of domestic cups.
Despite notching 22 strikes this campaign, Celtic have struggled, finishing 25 points off bitter rivals Rangers in the league, leading to previous boss Neil Lennon resigning in February.
That means Leicester have swooped now to buy Edouard for a reported £15m and secure the long-term future of their strike force, with the France U21 international set to link up with Kelechi Iheanacho, 24, given 34-year-old Jamie Vardy’s powers are perhaps slightly on the wane.