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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is keeping his cards close to his chest about the prospect of the Hoops signing striker Odsonne Edouard on a permanent deal.

French radio station RMC Sport reported that the Hoops were set to sign the player on a permanent deal from PSG in the summer from a fee of £8.8million, smashing the club’s previous transfer record of £6million.

However, despite confirming that he wants to sign the 20-year-old on a permanent deal Rodgers insists that there have only been ‘conversations’ about making the deal permanent, and nothing concrete as yet.

“There’s been good conversations, so that’s something we’d like to do,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Musonda has been excellent for the Hoops in recent months, scoring twice against Rangers in the Hoops’s 5-0 title party and scoring the winning goal in the 3-2 triumph at Ibrox.

Football Insider verdict

Whilst there’s no doubt at all that Edouard is a quality player, it does seem unlikely that the Hoops would spend that much money on him at this moment in time. He is still learning the game, and over £8million does seem too much for a player even with his undoubted potential. If Rodgers and the Hoops board could get the deal down to a more realistic fee, perhaps between £3-4million, then the deal should be done as soon as possible. With doubts over the future of Moussa Dembele in Glasgow, Edouard would seem to be the logical replacement, but it has to be at the right price, as the Hoops might well have to also buy some replacement midfielders this season they won’t want to break the bank on a striker when there are other areas of the team which will need to be addressed, perhaps more urgently than the forward line.

In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has claimed that the Hoops will spend big in the summer

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