According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United have now accepted that they won’t be signing Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer.
It’s claimed that Newcastle are in the market for a striker, and Steve Bruce wanted to spend big on bringing Edouard to Tyneside.
However, Celtic have told them that there is no chance Edouard is leaving this summer, because they want him to stay to try and secure a tenth league title in a row.
Newcastle have now accepted that a deal simply won’t be happening, and will look to other targets this summer.
This is a huge win for Celtic. Edouard smashed 25 goals and 17 assists for Celtic last season, and proved himself as an all-round striker.
He’s big, strong, quick, technically gifted, able to drop deep, hold the ball up or run in behind, and he’s even a threat from free kicks.
Keeping him for at least another year would be a huge statement from the Bhoys, even if they know that Edouard’s future likely lies in England down the line.
Newcastle surely wouldn’t have had the cash to tempt Celtic into a deal without their takeover going through, as Steve Bruce’s budget will now be hit.
Edouard should remain on the Newcastle radar, but there is a strong chance that bigger, richer clubs end up going for the French star if he continues to impress, meaning their big chance may have gone.
Celtic’s record transfer sales
£25 million (Arsenal)
£19.7 million (Lyon)
£12.5 million (Southampton)
Virgil van Dijk
£11.5 million (Southampton)
£10 million (Southampton)