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Leeds United and West Brom have been tipped to make a bid for Odsonne Edouard, with former Celtic hero Charlie Nicholas telling the Express (4 August, page 48) that the striker is worth around £30 million in today’s market.

While this most élégant of French forwards is more renowned for scything through defences with one of those trademark slaloming runs before slotting home like a young Thierry Henry, he showed a different side of his game in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership opener.

Edouard started the 2020/21 campaign in ruthless style, netting a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of Hamilton Academical.

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As Celtic boss Neil Lennon pointed out at full-time, all three were true ‘goal-scorer’s goals’.

Close-range tap-ins remain the calling card of the natural-born finisher, after all.

The former PSG youngster is likely to spark even more interest from south of the border if he continues to add more strings to his already impressive bow, with Arsenal, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Leeds linked so far this summer.

“If Edouard wants to leave then it will happen,” Nicholas says. “I do think it would take a sizeable fee, whether that is £25 or £30million.

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“I don’t see Arsenal making a move for him but I could see Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United or Leicester City making bids.

“Leicester is the one of interest because Brendan Rodgers rates him so highly and was the one who signed him for Celtic. He knows he can trust Edouard to play the way he wants.

“That is important because I don’t see him fitting into an Everton or a Newcastle, but he might suit a Leeds United and would also do well at Leicester.”

Celtic fans can sleep a little easier tonight, however, as they dream of a tenth successive Scottish Premiership title.

Edouard has made it clear that he has no plans to turn his back on The Hoops, telling the Sun that he plans to stick around until ‘ten in a row’ is secured.

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