By Alan Hutton

27th Jan, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic player told to sign for London club as transfer demands reported

Joining West Ham would be a “good move” if Odsonne Edouard is to leave Celtic before the end of the transfer window, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Scotland defender insisted the French striker was in no position to be demanding a move to a more prestigious club after his mixed form at Parkhead this term.

The Daily Star report the Irons are readying a £35million bid to sign the Frenchman from Parkhead but claim the striker has set his sights on a move to one of the Premier League’s big six.

West Ham actually lifted themselves to fourth in the top-flight table with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening.

Hutton insisted a move to the Hammers would be a natural next step for Edouard and insisted he would need to perform better and more consistently to have any chance of a bigger move.

“Look, he’s done really well at Celtic, in Europe he’s done well, he plays for the French national team’s under-21s where he’s done well so it would be a good progression,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“West Ham are having an excellent season, they are crying out for another striker and he’s definitely got all the attributes to go down there and do well. I don’t think you can get ahead of yourself and start telling people what you want and what you demand.

“Coming from Celtic, he has had a drop of form, I don’t think you’re in any position to be demanding you go to a top-six team, as much as I like him as a player. 

“I think he’s definitely got to eventually get there but I think somewhere like West Ham would be a good move for him.”

Edouard, who scored 28 goals and contributed 19 assists in 47 appearances last season, has netted 11 times in 23 games so far this term.

In other news, Celtic have made an approach to sign Kyle Joseph from Wigan Athletic.