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Aston Villa have made contact with Celtic regarding the availability of £40 million-rated striker Odsonne Edouard, according to the Sun.

If Dean Smith could call on a centre-forward with the Frenchman’s remarkable goal-scoring record, Villa would not have had to wait until the final moments of the Premier League season to confirm their survival.

Despite boasting one of the most creative footballers around in captain fantastic Jack Grealish, the Villans struggled to put the ball in the back of the net in 2019/20.

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Between them, Wesley Moraes, Mbwana Samatta, Keinan Davis and Borja Baston scored just six times with Villa frequently squandering excellent opportunities in the final third.

Signing Edouard, then, would represent a major step forward for a club looking to not just survive but thrive back amongst the elite.

The Sun reports that Villa have contacted Celtic to ask whether a summer deal is possible.

The Scottish Premiership champions have absolutely no plans to sell the reigning SPFA Player of the Year, however – and no wonder.

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Edouard produced a stunning 27 goals and 19 assists last season and marked the opening day of the new campaign with the most clinical of hat-tricks during Sunday’s 5-1 thrashing of Hamilton Academical.

Scotland legend Gordon Strachan even compared the former PSG starlet to Dennis Bergkamp due to his sublime technique and ability to wreak havoc all across the final third.

“He reminds me of Dennis Bergkamp. He can do things Bergkamp can do,” Strachan told the Record.

Villa appear to be barking up the wrong tree here, then. Edouard recently told the Sun that he will stay at Celtic to turn their ‘ten in a row’ dream into a reality.

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