The last few days have seen Crystal Palace heavily linked with a January swoop for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard but with a fee of £20 million doing the rounds, do the Eagles actually have a realistic chance of tempting the leaders of the Scottish Premier League into a sale midway through a hotly contested title race?
Unfortunately for us, all signs seem to point towards Neil Lennon and co. making it extremely difficult to get a deal over the line in the New Year sales, with the player himself likely to play the biggest role in any circumstances which see Palace come out on top. As I’ve said on a couple of occasions via HLTCO Daily recently, (shameless plug there) the major selling point for Roy Hodgson and our negotiating team will be the shop window element of Edouard plying his trade at a London-based Premier League club but even so, Celtic’s continued presence in the Europa League is highly likely to keep him engaged north of the border until May.
If we are serious about bringing him in, (and Christian Kouame’s recent injury may mean we have little choice) it’s hard to imagine £20 million being enough. Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal for more in the window just gone, whilst Moussa Dembele joined Lyon for £20 million in the summer of 2018, hinting that a deal for the former PSG man would have to go above that to be taken seriously inside the corridors of Celtic Park.
Due to turn 22 in the middle of the January window, Odsonne has a contract until 2022 and has notched an impressive 12 goals and 12 assists in just 2,007 minutes of football this season across all competitions. If we do manage to pull off a deal, I would view it as one hell of a coup but for the time being, it’s probably not worth getting too excited.