West Ham United legend John Hartson has delivered an emphatic verdict after reports claimed David Moyes target Odsonne Edouard is on the move.
Celtic star Edouard has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham in recent months.
Moyes is desperate to bring a quality striker to West Ham this summer.
Hammers long linked with move for Celtic striker Edouard and were said to be ‘leading the chase’ a month ago
Transfer guru Ian McGarry reported back in January that former Celtic man Moyes wanted to raid his old club for Edouard.
When speaking on the transfer window podcast, Ian McGarry said that the Hammers are interested in signing the 22-year-old Hoops striker.
Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee also claimed an agent had tipped him off about the potential move back in January.
Speaking on his Patreon site, ExWHUemployee did urge caution over any optimism West Ham would pull off the move.
Football Insider claimed West Ham co-owner David Sullivan had mandated agents to get a deal done with Celtic for Edouard.
And the likes of AS Roma Live claimed West Ham were leading the race for the 23-year-old French forward.
Leicester look set to pounce to beat West Ham in reported £18m move
But it now appears the Hoops star – who is out of contract at the end of next season – is set for a bargain £18million move to West Ham’s Premier League rivals Leicester.
It is a blow for Moyes and West Ham if true as Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers looks to take advantage of his existing relationship with Edouard after managing him at Celtic.
And former Hammer Hartson has rubbed salt in the wound for West Ham and Celtic with his verdict.
Taking to Twitter, Hartson says Celtic are ‘being screwed over again’ if Leicester are getting Edouard for just £18m.
And his comments suggest West Ham are missing out on a fantastic player.
‘They’re getting a damn good player and a bargain’ says former Hammers hero Hartson
“If Leicester get Edouard for the reported 18m they will be getting a damn good player,” Hartson said on Twitter.
“In today’s market he is at least £30m. Can’t help think Celtic being screwed over again.”
West Ham fans will be feeling exactly the same way.
After all Leicester beat them to the signing of sensational defender Wesley Fofana last summer too.
talkSPORT host Alan Brazil – a close friend of Moyes and fellow Bhoy – claimed signing Edouard this summer was a real possibility for West Ham.
And he said that former Celtic defender Moyes ‘knew all about the striker’.
But it seems Rodgers and Leicester may have beaten the Hammers to the punch again.