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17th Mar, 2018 | 11:32am

'Helluva lot of money' - Davie Hay urges Celtic sign up centre-forward in summer

Former Celtic boss Davie Hay believes that the Hoops should pay the money required to make Odsonne Edouard’s loan deal at the club a permanent one.

The 20-year-old forward, who is on-loan from PSG, scored the winning goal for the Hoops in their 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox, and Hay believes that the player has showed enough this season for the Hoops hierarchy to pay the £7million that would be required to make the deal permanent.

“Sunday’s game also made my mind up about Odsonne Edouard…I think if I would be in Celtic’s shoes I’d be ready to put in that offer for him this summer,” Hay said, as quoted in his column for the Evening Times.

“I wasn’t entirely sure about Edouard but in recent weeks I think we have seen that he has got something about him. And while we still look at £7million and think it is a helluva lot of money the bottom line is that strikers don’t come cheaply.”

The player has scored nine goals for the Hoops so far this season, and if the board and Brendan Rodgers decide to make the deal permanent, it will set a new transfer record fee paid by the club, beating the £6million paid for John Hartson and Chris Sutton.

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Edouard really has impressed for the Hoops in recent weeks, and whilst Hay might want the Hoops to make the deal permanent, the board may well baulk at the prospect of paying £7million for a player who is still a prospect at this stage of his career. If the fee was around £4million, then that wouldn’t be an issue, as that has already been paid for Olivier Ntcham, but the fee that PSG want for the player may be too rich for the board and Rodgers. Only time will tell, but his Old Firm heroics we don not as yet know where Edouard will be playing his football next season.

In other Celtic news, Andy Walker has tipped the Hoops to defeat Motherwell in a thriller on Sunday

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