Exclusive: Bent claims Celtic may be tempted to sell first-teamer amid reported speculation
Darren Bent claimed Celtic may be tempted to sell attacker Odsonne Edouard with Crystal Palace reportedly plotting a £20million move for him in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international was asked whether Celtic would be open to selling Edouard for £20million with Palace reportedly making the 21-year-old their first-choice attacking target.
Bent explained that Celtic would have no problem replacing Edouard if they got £20million for him as they know they could go cherry-pick the best forward in Scottish football and potentially only spend £10million in the process.
The former Premier League attacker then explained that Edouard could potentially be a brilliant signing for Palace as Roy Hodgson’s side create a lot of chances but just need someone to finish them off.
When asked if it Edouard would be a good player for Crystal Palace to sign, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah if they can get him then brilliant.
“When people are scoring goals in Scotland it does grab people’s attention but it’s a different kettle of fish in the Premier League and obviously when you’re playing Celtic, you’re gonna have the lion’s share of the ball but in the Premier League, it’s going to be a lot tougher.
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“If they believe he can succeed in the Premier League then I’m all for it as they certainly have enough players in the team who can create chances, it’s just about him finishing them off.
“Celtic potentially will be interested (if £20m bid tabled) as they’d think oooo, as with Celtic and Rangers, they know if they sell a player for £20million they can then look around Scottish football, cherry-pick the centre-forward who is better than the rest, whatever team that may be, and know full well they could go in with £10million and get that centre-forward.
“So it’s like a conveyor belt as there’s no problem replacing them.”
Edouard has scored 12 goals and registered 12 assists in 24 appearances for Neil Lennon’s side this season, and is the club’s joint-top scorer this season alongside Ryan Christie.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has been with the Hoops since July 2018 after joining from Paris-Saint Germain.