Leicester City look set to beat West Ham United to one of David Moyes’s prime striker targets, Celtic star Odsonne Edouard.
West Ham boss Moyes is desperate to sign at least one new striker in the summer.
His lack of squad depth – particularly up front – has been exposed during West Ham’s run-in and could end up costing them a place in Europe.
West Ham had ‘already laid groundwork’ to sign Edouard according to recent reports
According to recent reports West Ham had ‘already laid the groundwork’ to sign Celtic forward Edouard.
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for Edouard since January.
Football Insider even claimed a ‘senior source’ had told them West Ham co-owner David Sullivan ‘mandated’ agents to get a deal done for Edouard.
Edouard, who is out of contract next summer, was recommended to Moyes by fellow Celtic man Alan Brazil. The Scot hinted on talkSPORT at the end of February that the move ‘was a possibility’.
West Ham owner had ‘mandated agents’ to get deal done for Celtic striker but Foxes now set to seal £18m move
But now Leicester look set to deal a Hammer blow to West Ham’s plans by swooping to sign Edouard for just £18million.
That’s according to increased speculation overnight that former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is set to beat West Ham and seal a reunion with Edouard at the King Power.
Edouard scored 27 goals and laid on 10 assists in 68 matches under Rodgers at Celtic.
And now according to a Twitter account called Prem Insider – which is affiliated to The Guardian – Leicester have have an £18m bid accepted for Edouard.
Hammers fans wish their club was as ambitious, efficient and pro-active as Leicester in the transfer market
It comes after the Leicester Mercury reported last week that the Foxes were at the front of the queue ahead of West Ham and Arsenal.
The speed at which ambitious Leicester are moving to improve their squad will anger West Ham fans.
Hammers supporters yearn for their club to be pro-active and efficient when it comes to transfers.
But it seems Moyes will have to move on to another target in his search for a proper forward this summer.