Celtic are in a race against time to tie Odsonne Edouard down to a new contract before January, Football Insider has learned.
The striker, 21, is a wanted money after highlighting his goal-getting talents to a wider audience with more stunning scoring exploits during the international break.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have opened talks with Edouard and his representatives about a new £30,000-a-week deal to recognise his growing status in European football.
Neil Lennon admitted at his media conference yesterday that he greeted the Frenchman’s hat-trick for France’s Under-21s in midweek with part dismay amid growing interest in his star striker from elite clubs.
The Celtic manager insisted that Edouard will not be sold in January, but the club privately recognise the need to tie him down with an improved contract.
The plan from the hierarchy is to secure him to a new agreement before the January window opens.
Edouard signed a four-year contract in the summer of 2018 when his initial season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain was converted into a club-record £9million transfer.
That deal runs until 2022 but the forward has developed significantly in the intervening period and the likes of Lyon and Borussia Dortmund are hot on his trail.
Edouard has scored 42 times in 98 matches for Celtic and demonstrated a knack of saving his best for the biggest games.
He’s scored nine times in 17 games in this campaign as well as a remarkable nine goals in just four France Under-21s matches.