Celtic boss prepared for transfer battle as star ‘watched regularly’ by Premier League club

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has a plan in place to ward off interest from the Premier League for striker Odsonne Edouard, according to a report.

The Times claim that Tottenham are among a host of Premier League clubs interested in signing the 22-year-old this summer.

Edouard was in excellent form for Celtic this season, scoring 21 goals and providing 12 assists as Celtic were crowned champions after 27 games.

It is understood that Tottenham have watched the player on numerous occasions this term, as their search continues for an alternative goalscorer to Harry Kane.

The Spurs talisman has cast doubt over his long-term future in north London, expressing a desire to win trophies – something that Tottenham have yet to achieve.

Kane, who is 26, may consider moving on if his wishes are not fulfilled.

Tottenham remain reluctant to let him leave, but they are already sourcing potential replacements including Celtic’s Edouard.

Even if Kane stays put for another season or two, Tottenham are still said to be keen in brining the Frenchman to the club as backup.

Edouard still has two years remaining on his contract and manager Lennon is already laying his cards out on the table to draw his attention away from England’s top flight.

He believes that Celtic’s opportunity to win an incredible 10th successive league title in 2020-21 will be enough to convince Edouard to remain in the Scottish capital.

Lennon is also hoping to persuade the club to reiterate their ‘not for sale’ stance on the player, who is expected to cost more than £25 million.

Any such fee would see Celtic make a considerable profit on the player, having acquired him for £9 million – then a club record signing – in June 2018.

Would Edouard be a good signing for Tottenham? And if he leaves Celtic, where will Lennon turn to next to acquire their next goalscoring champion? 

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