West Ham United will be more than interested observers when Celtic take on Danish side Midtjylland in Champions League qualifying tomorrow.
West Ham boss David Moyes reportedly has a longstanding interest in Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
West Ham retain their hopes of signing the French forward after Leicester elected to bring in another supposed Hammers striker target – Patson Daka – instead.
West Ham hopes of signing Celtic contract rebel Edouard were revived when Daka joined Leicester
Indeed Football Insider recently claimed Leicester’s capture of Daka has opened the door again for Moyes to bring Edouard in from Celtic.
Celtic finally ended their long search for a new manager when Ange Postecoglou was appointed recently.
Sky Sports reporter Mark Benstead, the first person to put questions to the new Celtic boss after his arrival at Parkhead, recently revealed the Aussie had not addressed Edouard’s future.
And there has been speculation he will not be risked by Celtic this summer as the club banks on selling him to raise funds for arrivals of their own.
Striker’s inclusion – or not – in crunch Champions League qualifier will interest West Ham
Hammers legend Frank McAvennie claimed last week that Edouard – who has sat out pre-season action thus far through injury – will be a surprise inclusion for the Hoops in their huge Champions League second qualifying match against Winston Reid’s old club Midtjylland on Tuesday night.
If Edouard does not feature in the crunch clash, many will believe it backs up claims he is not being risked in case injury scuppers any potential transfer.
So West Ham eyes will be on Celtic’s big game at Parkhead to see if Edouard is involved.
Particularly as the new Premier League season edges ever closer with Moyes seemingly no closer to addressing his desperate striker situation.
Continued Edouard absence will intensify speculation he is on his way with Moyes waiting to pounce
If he isn’t many will see that as a sure sign Edouard is on his way out of Celtic. And many West Ham fans will be hoping his next stop is the London Stadium.
Ironically West Ham’s next stop this weekend is Celtic Park when they return north of the border for a prestige pre-season friendly on Saturday.
The match against the Hammers is sandwiched by the first and second legs of Celtic’s Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland.
Should the Scottish giants get through that tie, Galatasaray or PSV Eindhoven await.
West Ham are gearing up for a European campaign of their own having qualified for the Europa League.