By Kevin Phillips

13th Jul, 2020 | 8:45am

'Massive' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts as Leeds plot reported £40m-valued striker raid

Kevin Phillips has claimed it would be a “massive coup” if Leeds United can tempt Odsonne Edouard away from Celtic this summer.

The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, tipped the 22-year-old to succeed in the Premier League having demonstrated his quality in Europe this season.

The Mirror report that Marcelo Bielsa wants the French striker at Elland Road if they secure promotion to the Premier League this season.

The Championship leaders are expected to enter the market for a striker this summer after Jean-Kevin Augustin’s failed loan spell.

Phillips suggested that the Hoops forward could be drawn by the prospect of playing for a “huge club” in Leeds.

“It would be a massive coup,” he told Football Insider.

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“It is always a slight gamble bringing someone in from the Scottish Premiership because it is a big jump.

“But he has had a taste of European football and been a success. We have seen plenty of players come down from Celtic recently and perform.

“It would be a massive signing. Leeds will have a big draw because they are a huge club. Once the crowd get back to Elland Road, that place can create an atmosphere. Not on par with Celtic Park but they can half make a noise.”

Football Insider understands that Celtic have no plans to sell their star striker this summer and have slapped a £40million price tag on his head.

Edouard scored 27 goals in 45 appearances last season which earned him the SFWA Player of the Year award.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan delivers his verdict as the Whites agree terms of a big-money signing.

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