Odsonne ‘f*** off’ Edouard tipped to join PL duo over Arsenal

Charlie Nicholas claims Odsonne Edouard is more likely to join Leicester or Leeds over Arsenal if he opts to leave Celtic.

Speculation over a move to the Premier League has heightened following his hat-trick against Hamilton in the opening round of the Scottish Premiership.

A hat-trick that prompted a shout of “f*** off” from a Hamilton player, picked up in the SPFL highlights on YouTube, which has now unfortunately been removed.

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Nicholas has previously talked up a potential switch to the Emirates Stadium for Edouard, with Arsenal still waiting to discover whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be committing to a new deal with the Gunners.

But he now believes that a transfer to the King Power Stadium or Elland Road is more likely.

Nicholas told the Daily Express: “I know Edouard is still under contract but the player still holds all the power.

“If he decides he wants to leave then it will happen, that has been shown with Moussa Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney in the past.

“For Edouard to leave I do think it would take a sizeable fee, whether that is £25 million or £30 million.

“People argue he is worth more than Tierney because he is a striker and he gets goals but the problem is that the market has changed dramatically post-Covid-19.

“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.

“He has to go to a club that suits his style because he knows that when he does leave and goes to the Premier League he is probably walking into a £100,000-a-week contract.

“They have six weeks, which is a long time, to wait until the transfer window closes.

“If they can keep him then he is key to Celtic winning 10 and it is no secret that winning this league is everything to the club.

“If Edouard wants to leave then it will happen.”


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