Alan Hutton claims that Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard will be holding out until the summer transfer window before making a decision over extending his contract.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 22-year-old will be expecting offers from elsewhere and as such will leave the Bhoys hanging over his future.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Frenchman’s camp are reluctant to enter “serious” contract negotiations despite the Hoops’ desire to offer him new and improved terms.
His current terms run out in the summer of 2022, having penned a four-year deal when he turned his loan permanent in 2018.
Hutton admits the star striker’s future is a concern for the Parkhead board but is not expecting there to be a swift resolution.
Asked if Edouard’s reluctance to commit was a worry for the Bhoys Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, of course. He’s a massive asset, arguably their best player.
“I think Edouard’s camp will probably know there are Premier League teams and top teams sniffing about and it doesn’t surprise me that they are kind of holding off.
“If you sign a long-term deal, when it comes to summer it makes everything that little bit harder.
“He’s going to demand a massive fee as it is and Edouard and his team will be holding off until the summer to see exactly what comes in to see what the offers are before taking anything further.”
Edouard has been lethal in attack for the Hoops this season, netting 27 goals and chipping in with 19 assists in 45 appearances across all competitions.
Since first arriving at Parkhead on loan from PSG, he has a total of 60 goals in 126 games under his belt.
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