Celtic are willing to catapult Odsonne Edouard into their top pay bracket to keep Premier League big spenders at bay in January, Football Insider has learned.
The striker, 21, is emerging on to the radar of top clubs south of the border and across Europe following his dazzling start to the season for the Hoops.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club are ready to hand Edouard a £30,000-a-week deal after the international break in recognition of his growing status in Scottish football.
The club are eager to get him tied down to a new agreement before the January window opens.
The France Under-21 international 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 there is concern among the Celtic hierarchy about whether it is enough to dampen interest in their prize asset.
The Scottish champions do not have the financial firepower of Europe’s elite, or most Premier League clubs.
But they are hopeful that Edouard can be persuaded his development is best served by staying on at Celtic, where he is firmly established as the number one striker.
Edouard has developed impressively during his three seasons at Parkhead and has netted 42 times in 98 matches for the club.
He’s scored nine times in 17 games in this campaign and his suitors will have noted how he reserves most of his best performances for the biggest fixtures.
The striker highlighted his talents to a wider audience when scoring four times in his first two games for the French Under-21s during the last international break.