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Aston Villa are preparing to test Celtic's resolve by making a £30m bid for striker Odsonne Edouard in the wake of their successful relegation battle.
Edouard is arguably Celtic's most valuable asset, having scored 66 goals in 130 games for the club since arriving from PSG in a £9m deal two years ago.
Villa plan to spend big in order to cement their Premier League status and have several transfer targets, but the 22-year-old Hoops star is their priority.
Edouard's goal scoring exploits have seen him linked with various top-flight clubs, such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.
But according to The Sun, it is the Villans who are leading the race and are now readying a £30m bid for the France U21 star.
Boss Dean Smith was without club record signing Wesley Moraes for a large part of last season due to injury.
And the manager, who is also keen on Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma from his old club Brentford, wants to make sure they have plenty of options in attack this season.
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Meanwhile, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has vowed to stay out of a spat between pundits John Hartson and Gordon Strachan over Edouard’s best position.
Following the Bhoy's midweek 6-0 win over KR Reykjavik, the former striker and manager had a heated debate over Edouard’s best position.
Strachan is adamant that he is most dangerous as a ‘number 10’, whilst Hartson believes he is best as a ‘number nine’.
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However, Lennon is not concerned about the player's best position and is just grateful to have him in his side.
“Odsonne’s a centre forward, so he can play both” Lennon responded. “People debate where he’s best. It depends who plays around him as well.
"One thing I do know is he’s an outstanding footballer, and we’re delighted to have him whether he plays up front on his own, or he plays in a two.”
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