HOOPS SET FOR £10M RECORD TRANS­FER

Celtic set to break club trans­fer record on PSG loan striker Edouard

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALISON McCON­NELL

CELTIC are set to break their trans­fer record this week as they look to for­malise a per­ma­nent deal with Paris Saint-Ger­main for Odsonne Edouard, while sources in­side the Park­head club have rub­bished any link from Le­ices­ter for man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers.

The French striker has made it clear to his rep­re­sen­ta­tives that Celtic is where he wishes to be next sea­son and with the Park­head side hav­ing un­til Satur­day to trig­ger the clause they agreed with PSG last Au­gust, it is ex­pected that talks will be on­go­ing this week to se­cure his ser­vices. It is

be­lieved that the fee for the for­ward is £10m, a sig­nif­i­cant out­lay from the Park­head side whose cur­rent trans­fer record is just over £6m.

How­ever, hav­ing worked with Edouard this sea­son, Rodgers has been vo­cal about the qual­i­ties he sees in the striker.

Rodgers him­self has been sub­ject to spec­u­la­tion this sum­mer al­ready and this week­end saw him linked with the Le­ices­ter job by the English me­dia.

There has been spec­u­la­tion that Claude Puel, the cur­rent Le­ices­ter man­ager, will be re­placed this sum­mer with re­ports putting Rodgers as the Foxes’ No 1 tar­get.

That was met with some scorn within Celtic Park with the Park­head side in no fear that their man­ager is any­thing other than con­tent with where he is.

One player who could be set to go, how­ever, is Stu­art Arm­strong (above). The Park­head mid­fielder signed a one-year deal last Au­gust but has been linked with Crys­tal Palace and West Brom and it seems in­evitable that he will pur­sue new pas­tures for this com­ing sea­son.

Else­where, Dedryck Boy­ata has warmed up for the World Cup by telling the Bel­gian sup­port­ers that he wished he had gone to Celtic ear­lier in his ca­reer.

“The only thing I re­gret is that I stayed at Manch­ester City for too long,” he said. “I never got a chance and should have left a lot ear­lier.

“I was very re­lieved when I made it [into the Bel­gium squad] be­cause it’s my first World Cup. I know the sys­tem Bel­gium play be­cause it’s the same at Celtic, but I’m happy to play any­where.”

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