Exclusive: Celtic tipped to sell Edouard, sign Forster & striker permanently

Noel Whelan has claimed Celtic will look to complete another loan deal for Fraser Forster if they are priced out of a permanent move this summer.

However, the ex-Aberdeen and Leeds forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested money from the potential sale of Odsonne Edouard could fund the full-time signing of the goalkeeper.

As revealed by Football Insider, Southampton have dropped their asking price for the 32-year-old by a staggering £15million as they move to stem losses with the sale of senior players.

The Premier League side now value Forster at £10million and any deal has the potential to surpass the Hoops’ current transfer record of £9million paid for Edouard two seasons ago.

The French striker is valued between £30-40million and, if sold, would greatly increase Neil Lennon’s transfer budget and ability to secure Forster permanently.

When asked by Football Insider if the Bhoys would be priced out of a move for the loanee, Whelan said: “I think they have got to think long and hard about it.

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“I think another loan deal is on the cards if he is not going to be used at Southampton. That would work for both clubs. There are many options there.

“It is a lot of money for Celtic. But, if they sell Edouard for big money then there is an opportunity to get the goalkeeper and another striker.

“Their scouting network is going to have to get straight to work but they have always been good with their recruitment.”

Forster may be obliged to stay beyond his original loan deal if FIFA introduces emergency measures to restrict player movement until all seasons are completed, Football Insider understands.

However, there is a distinct possibility that the Scottish Premiership season may finish early after the SPFL gave the board the power to determine that fate.

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