Celtic are increasingly hopeful Odsonne Edouard will snub a mega-money money move to sign a new contract this summer, Football Insider has learned.

This site revealed earlier this week the club have slapped a new £40million price tag on their star player to scare off suitors.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club are making progress into tying Edouard to a bumper new deal.

An agreement is not yet in place with the centre-forward and his camp but constructive discussions have taken place and there is a growing confidence in the Parkhead boardroom that a deal can be done.

That would be a huge boost for manager Neil Lennon as he prepares his team for their tilt at a historic 10-in-a-row.

Club chiefs are in no doubt about the significance of Edouard, who was recently named the Scottish Player of the Year for his performances in the 2019-20 campaign.

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There is strong interest in the Frenchman from south of the border but Celtic are holding firm in their stance to keep him.

The £40m price tag is a mammoth one in a post-pandemic market in which transfer fees have been slashed across the board.

Edouard is seen as more valuable than their two record sales, Kieran Tierney (£25million) and Moussa Dembele (£19million), each of whom left in the previous two windows.

 

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.

His 45 Celtic appearances last season yielded 27 goals and 19 assists while he also banged in a remarkable 11 goals in just six France Under-21s matches.

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