Tottenham must hijack Celtic nearly-agreed deal to sign speed machine with world at his feet
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Tottenham’s search for a brilliant young striker who can back up goal king Harry Kane should start and end north of the border with on-loan Celtic sensation Odsonne Edouard.
Spurs have signed Vincent Jansson and Fernando Llorente in each of the last two summer windows for £10million-plus fees but neither has made much of an impact.
A new front man, who is more mobile and skilful than either of those two, is needed and the answer to a habitual problem for Mauricio Pochettino lies in a 20-year-old Frenchman who many Spurs fans will know little about.
Edoaurd was signed on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain by Celtic last summer and he has made an increasingly impressive impact after growing accustomed to the unique rhythms of Scottish football.
He played third fiddle to Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths in the first half of the campaign but has been used more frequently of late, with his 24 appearances for the season yielding eight goals, including a brilliant winner in his side’s memorable 3-2 win at Ibrox earlier this month.
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Edoaurd is young, gifted and destined for the very top. Standing at 6ft 1in, he is super-quick and Brendan Rodgers has praised his “phenomenal” movement. He can finish, too, in the air and on the deck, with both feet.
There is a rawness to his game, but, that could be ironed out by Pochettino and his coaching staff on the training ground.
What will it take for Tottenham to snap up the hugely promising striker?
Celtic have first option on converting Edouard’s loan into a permanent transfer this summer – for a fee of around £5million – but a deal is far from done.
Rodgers explained that the terms have already been agreed but there are a number of factors involved as to whether Celtic will activate their option on a player he rates highly.
“There is a clause in the deal,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “The clause is there and there’s been an agreement – but we would need to trigger the fee.
“There’s a lot to do in terms of the bigger picture too. In time we’ll see. He’s a fantastic player and we’ll see between now and the end of the season.
“But he’s settled in well and if we have any chance to do something at the end of the season then we can look at that.”
Tottenham must look to hijack Celtic’s deal and land a player with the world at his feet.
He is already good but, with the right nurturing and coaching, he can be brilliant.
In other Celtic news, it has been revealed today that the Scottish champions have launched a bid to sign the a brilliant English Championship player who is out of contract this summer.