Sky Sports pundit Charlies Nicholas has claimed that he could foresee West Brom making a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer.
The Frenchman hit the ground running as the Scottish Premiership resumed last weekend, netting a fine hat-trick against Hamilton in a 5-1 win for the Hoops.
But while life in Glasgow would appear to suit the 22-year-old, Nicholas believes that there is still a chance that he could be headed for the exit door this summer.
If Edouard does look to force through a move, the ex-Arsenal has argued that a club of the Baggies’ stature would be an ideal destination for the forward.
Writing in a column for the Scottish Daily Express (August 4th, Print Edition, p.51), he said: “If Edouard wants to leave then it will happen.
“I do think it would take a sizeable fee, whether that is £25 or £30million.
“I don’t see Arsenal making a move for him but I could see Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United or Leicester City making bids.
“I don’t see him fitting into an Everton or a Newcastle, but he might suit a Leeds United and would also do well at Leicester.”
As much as we would love Albion to make a move for Edouard this summer, we just don’t see it happening right now.
The Frenchman hit 21 goals and 12 assists in 27 league appearances last season, and has started this campaign at quite the pace too.
But if Nicholas is right, and if it would take a bid of around £30 million to convince Celtic to sell, then Edouard would surely be unaffordable this summer.
The Telegraph reporter John Percy has previously suggested that the Baggies will have a little over £20 million to spend this summer, and even if the Hoops could be haggled down, would Slaven Bilic be willing to blow his entire transfer kitty on one player?
We’re not so sure.