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24th May, 2018 | 4:34pm

'A good deal' - MacLeod sees reported signing as replacement for in-demand hitman

Celtic icon Murdo MacLeod thinks it is a bit ‘strange’ that the Hoops are set to potentially spend big money on Osdonne Edouard, but he believes that the deal makes sense if the 20-year-old is the replacement for Moussa Dembele.

The Hoops are set to pay £5million to PSG to make Edouard’s loan deal a permanent one, as reported by the Daily Mail.

MacLeod claims that if the Hoops get big money for Dembele – they turned down a £12million bid for him from Brighton in the January transfer window, as reported by the Scottish Sun – then Edouard is an ideal replacement.

“It’s a strange one, spending so much money on someone who has been there on loan,” MacLeod said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“But Moussa might be thinking about moving on.

“People talk about him being worth £20million so if you can bring in that type of money for Moussa and then pay out £6-7million for Edouard, it seems like a good deal to me if you end up with another £13-14million in the bank.”

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Edouard had a decent season for the Hoops, scoring 12 goals before a hamstring injury cut short his campaign.

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There is no doubt that Edouard could be the replacement for Dembele, but Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to keep both players at the club for as long as possible, and at least until after the Champions League qualifiers. A potential spanner in the works though is that the English Premier League transfer window closes before the start of the season, and during the Champions League qualifiers. If a big offer is tabled for Dembele and the Hoops accept, they could be without one of their key men for the biggest games of the season, which is why it is so important that the Edouard deal is completed as soon as possible. £5million would be a good price for the Frenchman, who has plenty of potential, and it will be interesting to see how he would fare as a first choice striker, as opposed to a player who is battling to be the main man at the club.

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