Celtic news: Bent reacts as Edouard price slashed

By Darren Bent

22nd Jan, 2021 | 9:00pm

Bent Verdict: Celtic have just launched late transfer battle with £15m move - Exclusive

Celtic may have just launched a late-window transfer battle after slashing Odsonne Edouard’s asking price by £15million, according to Darren Bent.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes clubs fighting at both ends of the table will be keen on the French forward and that his new valuation could kick off a fight for his capture.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic, who were demanding £40million for the 23-year-old last summer, have slashed their asking price to £25million this month.

With 18 months left on his contract, it is understood Edouard would be willing to wait until the summer before making a high-profile move away from Parkhead.

However, Bent believes that the Hoops’ new valuation will have a number of clubs from across England and Europe circling Glasgow ahead of a potential January raid.

“Well, at £25million, you’ve got to think there would be a few people sniffing around that late in the window, thinking, ‘boy, there might be the opportunity there’,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“We know he’s got ability, we know he’s got quality, obviously we know Celtic haven’t been very good this season but for £25million, someone who’s obviously played in the Europa League he’s played youth international football, European football, I’m all for it.

“At £25million as well, I think there’d be a couple of clubs in there that will take a gamble. I’m not just talking about top clubs either, I think even teams down the bottom, £25million for a centre-forward fold that’s a proven goalscorer.”

Edouard has netted 11 times and chipped in with four assists in 24 appearances this season but has not hit the heights he has done in previous years.

He finished the 2019/20 campaign with 28 goals and 19 assists under his belt, an improvement on the 22 strikes he netted the year before.

In other news, Football Insider pundit claims Celtic may sign their Scott Brown successor this week.