Brighton have reportedly opened talks over the possibility of signing Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in the summer transfer window.
The Seagulls finished 16th in the Premier League last term and were well clear of the relegation zone. But a return of just 40 top-flight goals revealed the area which Graham Potter must address in the off-season. And it appears as though the manager is doing just that.
The south-coast outfit emerged as possible suitors for the Frenchman back in July. And now with cash in the bank following the sale of Ben White to Arsenal, they are looking to recruit.
Football Insider are reporting that the clubs and the player’s representatives are talking about a summer switch. Edouard has been with the Bhoys for four seasons, the first of which was on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
The deal became permanent in the summer of 2018 and he has one year of his contract left to run. That means the buying club hold all the aces in negotiations and a move to the Amex Stadium seems likely.
Brighton are not the only club to have been linked with the former France Under-21 ace. Liverpool, West Ham, Leicester and Arsenal have all been mentioned in connection with the 23-year-old.
But none of the clubs were able to secure a deal – something Brighton seem poised to do. It is thought the Glasgow giants will push for £20m for the French Guiana-born hitman.
However, the Seagulls might be looking at a lesser figure due to his contract situation north of the border. His initial price tag was £40m but that was halved after it became obvious nobody would pay that much.
Edouard pushing for Celtic exit
The Hoops have offered Edouard several new contract proposals over the past few months. They clearly want to keep him at Celtic Park due to his goalscoring exploits but he is not playing ball.
The youngster has bagged 55 goals from 91 Scottish Premiership games and 74 in all competitions. Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has handed Edouard a start in all the club’s games this season.
He has yet to find the net and may never play for the Glaswegians again if talks prove fruitful. Graham Potter will hope to build on last season.
And he will take his charges to Turf Moor to face Burnley on August 14 as Brighton begin another Premier League campaign.
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