West Ham lead the race to sign Odsonne Edouard from Celtic but his price tag means there will be plenty of competition. 

That’s the opinion of former Everton and Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about West Ham’s latest transfer move.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider the Hammers are laying the groundwork for a summer deal and are hopeful of winning the race for his signature.

This site understands that Edouard could quit Celtic for as little as £8million this summer despite being valued at closer to £40 million as recently as last summer.

West Ham are in need of another striker as the injury-prone Michail Antonio is the only first team striker at the club following Sebastien Haller’s January departure to Ajax.

Campbell insists that paying anything under £15million for Edouard would be a bargain but his price tag means the Hammers may have a fight on their hands.

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“Oh yeah, that’s a bargain,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“He’s a very good player, he’s a great hold up player and I don’t think West Ham will be the only team coming in for Edouard this summer. 

“For less than £15million? Trust me, it won’t just be West Ham who want to sign him if he’s available for that little.”

Edouard, 23, has scored 16 Scottish Premiership goals this season but he couldn’t help Celtic defend their league and Scottish Cup titles.

Allan McGregor saved his late penalty in Sunday’s Scottish Cup Old Firm clash to cap off another miserable afternoon for the Hoops.

In other news, a top pundit claims West Ham will ‘definitely’ sign a central midfielder this summer amid contact with a 28-year-old international.