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£20m EDOUARD? FORGET IT, PALACE

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CRYSTAL PALACE are pondering a £20million bid for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in the January transfer window, according to media reports.

Scotzine has some advice for Selhurst Park manager Roy Hodgson and the London club: Forget it!

The champions, aiming for nine titles in a row, a run in the Europa League while targeting a fourth successive clean sweep of domestic honours, have no intention of selling the France Under-21 international raider in the middle of a crucial campaign.

And Peter Lawwell and the Parkhead hierarchy will certainly NOT be interested in doing business at that level for a player who cost them £9million from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

He has also taken the spotlight with 11 strikes in six games for his nation after being introduced to the Under-21s just this season.

Edouard has claimed 47 goals in 105 games for the Hoops after collecting 23 in the previous campaign, including a double in the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final triumph over Hearts at Hampden on May 25 to clinch the unprecedented treble treble.

He is under contract until June 2022 and it is accepted he could leave before the end of his deal as his compatriot Moussa Dembele did last summer when he joined Lyon in a £19.8million switch.

Palace can be certain, though, Celtic will not be tempted in the slightest with an offer of £20million for Edouard – especially during this campaign.

They picked up a record-breaking £25million for left-back Kieran Tierney in August and anyone showing an interest in the powerful French ace would have to start the bidding around that range – when his time is up at Parkhead.

Palace – and any other interested party – are wasting their time in attempting to lure the player from Glasgow any time soon.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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