By Frank McAvennie

16th Jul, 2020 | 4:00pm

Celtic Exclusive: McAvennie shares great insight on transfer plans of his 'neighbour' Edouard

Frank McAvennie has claimed that his neighbour Odsonne Edouard “will definitely” knock back a transfer this summer and sign a new Celtic contract.

The former Hoops and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that a new deal is beneficial to both club and player.

The 22-year-old still has two years remaining on his current contract but with a host of Premier League sides monitoring the Frenchman the club want to tie him down for longer.

Football Insider revealed that talks are progressing well between the striker’s representatives and there is a growing optimism that an improved contract will be signed.

Edouard won the club’s Player of the Year award last month for his outstanding contribution last season – 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 appearances.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected the centre-forward to put pen to paper, McAvennie said:

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“He just lives round the corner from me and he is happy here but maybe not too happy with his neighbours!

“Edouard gets it. He gets what this year is all about so he will definitely sign a new contract.

“I am not saying he will not get sold next year but a new contract means more money for both player and club. It is beneficial all round.

“He is a big part of Celtic going forward.”

A new deal would see a healthy pay rise for Edouard but also allow the club do demand a higher fee for the French striker.

This site revealed last week the Hoops have slapped a £40million price tag on their star player to ward off potential suitors.

In other Celtic news, Frank McAvennie has told Football Insider big Lennoxtown transfer reveal.

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