By Noel Whelan

7th Mar, 2020 | 12:26pm

Exclusive: Ex-striker makes £40m Celtic claim after 'Bargain' transfer report

Noel Whelan claims that Everton would be getting a good deal if they were to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard for around £30million.

The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 22-year-old is worth as much as £40million after his exploits at Parkhead.

The Daily Mail claim that Everton are keeping close tabs on the Frenchman over a prospective summer move, with a £30million-plus price tag said to be on his head.

The former PSG man is in crunch contract talks at Parkhead, with Football Insider exclusively revealing he will only put pen to paper if there is a release clause included in the terms.

However, Whelan insists that the Hoops should be demanding almost £10million more than what they value him at now, highlighting how impressive he has been for such a young talent.

Asked about the £30million asking price, Whelan told Football Insider: “I’d say it was about right, I’d say between £35-40million in this going market.

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“I think that’s absolutely fine, how old is he, 22? You’re getting a bargain, he’s going to be with you for four years, you’re going to get the best out of him.

“A price of £30million? I’d take that all day long.” 

Edouard has been a mainstay for the Bhoys since arriving on an initial loan deal back in 2017, with 59 goals in 125 appearances under his belt.

This season has seen him net 26 times, 20 of those in the Premiership, and chip in with a further 18 assists across all competitions.

In other Celtic news, Whelan has been raving over “massive” talks that are taking place at Parkhead.