By Wayne Veysey

16th Apr, 2021 | 11:12am

Sources: Leicester have second thoughts on Edouard deal as West Ham in driving seat

Leicester City are having second thoughts over signing Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer as West Ham climb into pole position to seal a deal, Football Insider has learned.

The Premier League’s third-placed club have been in the race for the Frenchman, 23, for some time and were reported last month to be close to signing him.

A Leicester source has told Football Insider the club’s interest has diminished and that is due to the renaissance of Kelechi Iheanacho.

The former Man City man has been one of most in-form forwards in the Premier League since the turn of the year and took his goal tally for the season to 14 with a double in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham.

Iheanacho also signed a contract extension on 3rd April that ties him to the Foxes until the summer of 2024.

Manager Brendan Rodgers could now look to alternative transfer options in the summer market to his former Celtic charge Edouard.

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The striker is not short of top-flight suitors despite Leicester’s potential change of stance.

Arsenal are keeping close tabs on him and Football Insider revealed on Wednesday (14th April) that West Ham are laying the groundwork for a summer deal.

David Moyes’ side are hopeful they will win the race for the forward who was valued last year by Celtic at £40million.

His price tag has subsequently plummeted and, with his contract expiring next year, there are fears he could leave for as low as £8-10million.

Edouard has made it clear to the Celtic board he wants to leave.

The club have made multiple attempts in the last year to tie their prize asset to a new contract but he knocked them back.

Edouard has scored 20 goals and provided five assists from 35 matches this season but his performances have been inconsistent.

In other news, a senior man is being forced out of Celtic after being the driving force for calamitous 2020 signing.