By Wayne Veysey

10th Mar, 2020 | 7:00pm

'Brendan really likes him' - Exclusive: Brown drops major Celtic transfer claim

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard could join Leicester City this summer as manager Brendan Rodgers “really likes him”.

That is according to the former Man City, Tottenham and Leeds United midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge about the future of the in-demand Edouard.

Leicester have been linked with a £30million move for the French forward, who was signed by Rodgers when he was manager of Celtic.

Asked by Football Insider if he can see Edouard at the Premier League high flyers next season, Brown replied: “Yes. He’s had a good relationship with Brendan Rodgers, you like him, he’s played you,
he’s brought you through, Rodgers is at the top of the Premier League.

“Edouard has got his backing and Brendan really likes him. He could go to another, maybe slightly more wealthy club, but Leicester can pay now financially, they can put him in the system.

“I reckon that young, hungry group at Leicester that’s very settled, would be very attractive to him rather than a club that’s trying to grow to come back and that’s like: ‘Who’s going to be there, what sort of system are they, what players, who’s going, who’s not?’

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“Leicester certainly would be a fit and an attractive one to further his career. You’d say Leicester would be a good next step with a manager that he knows well.

Edouard was brought to Parkhead in the summer of 2017 by Rodgers, initially on loan before he was signed permanently 12 months later for a club-record £9m.

He has taken his game to a new level this season, scoring 27 goals and providing 19 assists from 45 Celtic appearances as well as a remarkable 11 goals in just six France Under-21s matches.

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