Kevin Phillips has tipped West Ham to make a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard now Sebastien Haller has departed.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is adamant that the London club will be at the front of the queue for Edouard, 23, this year.

Football Insider revealed on Tuesday that the Hoops have slashed their talismanic striker’s price tag to just £25million after asking £40m last summer.

It appears increasingly likely that Edouard will leave Parkhead in 2021, with this tie breaking the news earlier this month he has swapped agents and joined London-based Stellar Group.

The striker, who is currently self-isolating, has contributed 11 goals and four assists in 23 appearances across all competitions this season.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected the France Under-21 international to move to the Premier League, Phillips said: “The obvious club I could see Edouard at is West Ham.

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“That is the one that jumps out at you. Antonio does really well but he is very injury prone. Other than him they do not have any strikers, certainly no out-and-out centre-forward.

“They are the club that I think will be making enquiries for Edouard and the one who may push the boat out and spend a few quid.

“Yes, they lost money on Haller but sometimes you have to do that to get the target that you want.

“There will be a host of clubs queueing up to sign Edouard, it will be a question of who can afford him.

“Let’s not forget that London has a big draw for players. It can sway players into signing for the likes of West Ham. I certainly think they will be one of the frontrunners.” 

In other news, Peter Lawwell is expected to step down from his position at Celtic as part of  huge overhaul at the club.