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Harald Brattbakk insists Celtic would have to sell star forward Odsonne Edouard if £40m is offered

Ex-Celtic forward Harald Brattbakk claimed on Monday night that Celtic would be compelled to sell Odsonne Edouard if a £40million bid is tabled.

Scotland’s Player of the Year after scoring 28 goals last season, the Frenchman bagged an opening day hat-trick against Hamilton on Sunday as Neil Lennon’s side cruised to a 5-1 win.

Under contract for another two years, Edouard has said that he’d happily remain on board as Celtic seek to win a record-breaking 10th successive title.

But with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City weighing up a £40m offer for a player the Irishman brought to Glasgow for £9m from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018, former Celtic striker Brattbakk believes market forces could yet determine that the 22-year-old heads south before the extended transfer window closes on October 5.

‘I think it would be really tough to say no to a bid of that amount. It’s so much money,’ said the Norwegian on the day that Edouard’s would-be replacement Ivan Toney moved closer to signing for Brentford from Peterborough.

‘Financially, Celtic is still doing well. But any club would appreciate £40m right now. Also, if you sell him for that kind of money, you could buy one or two new players for maybe £10m and you’d still be left with £30m.

‘This is always the discussion that you have. The club will always think about 10-in-a-row but also about how best to run it.

‘If you ask the supporters, of course, they’d all give Édouard a better contract to stay on. But it’s not that easy. The board of directors have to think about both things which makes it difficult.’

With the start of the Scottish Premiership season coinciding with the English close season, Brattbakk believes Edouard’s ability will now get the attention it deserves.

Aware that Edouard has already been linked with Spurs and Everton, the 49-year-old feels a combination of factors could yet see his former club turn an extraordinary profit on the player.

‘He won’t be sold this week,’ he said. ‘And if he plays well next week and scores a couple of more goals, there will definitely be more interest in him.

‘The English league doesn’t start until September 12. If Edouard plays well in the next four or five games and adds to his number of goals, the bids could even rise to £55m or £60m.

‘It’s a good situation for Celtic at the moment. The SPFL has started, the EPL hasn’t and there are plenty of games for him to show himself to other clubs. If Leicester bid £40m, maybe another club will come in with more.’

The subject of a failed £4m bid from Celtic last week, Peterborough striker Toney was close to agreeing terms with Brentford on Monday night.

The Bees will take on Fulham in the Championship play-off final on Tuesday – hoping to reach the Premier League for the first time.

But it’s believed they have agreed terms with League One Peterborough regardless, forcing Celtic to look at other targets including West Ham’s Albion Ajeti. 

Meanwhile, Vakoun Issouf Bayo has been linked with a move to Toulouse. The French outfit are rebuilding after being relegated from Ligue 1 and have put the Ivorian on their wish list.

Prepared to pay £500,000 for a permanent deal for the striker, the move is likely to appeal to Celtic rather than a suggested loan deal to St Mirren.

Bayo, who is currently injured, has struggled to make an impact since signing from Slovakian side Dunajská Streda in January of last year.

One player who won’t be joining Edouard at Celtic is Hadjuk Split defender David Colina.

Reports in Croatia yesterday claimed Celtic had made an opening verbal offer of £2.7m for the left-back but these have been played down.

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