By David Woods

22nd May, 2018 | 8:20am

Lawwell locked in talks over imminent deal that would smash Celtic transfer record - report

Celtic have got until May 31 to smash their transfer record with a £10million deal for on-loan striker Odsonne Edouard, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that French sources have told them the clock is ticking on the deal but that Celtic have first refusal until the end of the month.

At that point, he will be opened up to other clubs.

The £10million fee would smash the club transfer record paid for Chris Sutton and John Hartson, but the report claims that only £5million of this would be upfront, with the rest linked to appearances, caps, success and a sell-on clause.

Rodgers himself has talked to the player’s agent and Peter Lawwell has been negotiating with PSG “for weeks”.

Rogers is said to be very keen on a deal being done for the impressive 20-year-old striker.

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Football Insider verdict:

No wonder Rodgers is keen to get a deal done. Edouard showed signs this season of becoming a real force in world football, especially in his performance in the 5-0 demolition of Rangers. He scored two goals in that game and added an assist, but it was his coolness in and around the box that had everyone talking. £10million might sound like a lot of money – and it would smash the Celtic transfer record – but it’s not a lot of money for a young striker with bags of potential. And he’s only said to be costing them £5million up front. They’ve got over a week to conclude the deal and Rodgers and Lawwell are both involved in talks, which shows how seriously Celtic are taking it. With the money they’ve banked from the Champions League, it’s time for Celtic to push on and prove they have real ambitions beyond domestic success. With player prices rising all the time, transfer records should be broken or it’s just a sign that the club is going backwards. 

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