West Ham may try to hijack Leicester City’s move for Odsonne Edouard this summer, according to Kevin Phillips.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 23-year-old’s reported price tag will make him an attractive proposition to “a lot of clubs”.
The Daily Mail report that Leicester believe they have won the race to sign the French striker this summer for a fee in the region of £15million.
However, as quoted by the Daily Record, Hoops interim manager John Kennedy appeared to refute the report when he stated the said fee was “far too cheap”.
Edouard has scored 20 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions this season and is the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer.
When asked for his assessment of Edouard’s future, Phillips told Football Insider:
“I think a lot of clubs will be interested at £15million because if it works, great and if it doesn’t you have not lost too much. What is £15million? Nowadays, it’s nothing.
“If Edouard is set to leave this summer I think West Ham and a few others would be looking at him.
“It will ultimately be down to the player but where West Ham and Leicester finish in the league could determine where the player goes.
“Having worked under Rodgers though, and knowing his style of football, I think he would opt for Leicester.”
The Hammers will be in the market for a new centre-forward this summer after they sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January.
David Moyes currently only has one recognised striker at his disposal in Michail Antonio.