Odsonne Edouard named Player of the Month amid ‘£30m Napoli interest’

Odsonne Edouard has been voted Ladbrokes Premiership Player of the Month for August.

He’s been recognised along with Neil Lennon, who was earlier named Manager of the Month for Celtic’s impressive domestic form ahead of the international break.

The French youngster has had a blistering start to the season including scoring the opener at Ibrox on 1 September.

His exploits in that match were included as the game was originally scheduled to be played the previous day.

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Edouard also scored twice in European qualifiers against Cluj and AIK, adding to earlier strikes against Sarajevo, Motherwell and St Johnstone to take his tally for the season to six.

His good form continued on the international scene, with four goals in two games after being called up to the French U21s.

His goals and all round excellent play have reportedly attracted the interest of a number of clubs. Monaca were reported to have had discussions with the player (although without Celtic accepting a bid, that seems unlikely on the face of it) with the striker eventually telling them he wasn’t interested.

The latest club linked is Napoli, who have been said to have been targeting a £30m raid, according to the Daily Mail.

Napoli, of course, were also heavily linked with Kieran Tierney in the summer, until their manager made it plain they weren’t interested in the full back.

With the transfer window just closed Celtic don’t have any immediate worries of Edouard moving, but with Moussa Dembele already being tagged in the region of £50m, it’s to be hoped that it would take far more than £30m to land Eddie.

Tierney at £25m raises the bar once again and, with goalscorers there’s a premium that won’t be satisfied by an additional £5m.

If, as the Daily Mail article suggests, they’ve been “tracking Edouard for two years”, they won’t mind waiting a little bit longer, along with everyone else.

The player insists he’s loving it at Parkhead and, regardless of the price, it would be utter folly to consider allowing him to leave midway through the season.

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