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Leicester agree £15m transfer fee for Edouard

Leicester City are closing in on top summer target Odsonne Edouard after agreeing to a £15million transfer in principle with Celtic.

The 23-year-old French striker cost Celtic a club-record £8million from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

He formed a strong bond with Brendan Rodgers, who described him as the best young player he had ever worked with.

Now the Foxes boss is set to be reunited with the prolific striker who has scored 55 goals in 75 Scottish Premiership starts for Celtic to become the pin-up boy of Parkhead.

Rodgers’ relationship with Edouard, who has entered the final year of his Celtic contract, gave him the edge over fellow admirers Arsenal and Inter Milan.

The Gunners remain on the hunt for a new striker, especially as Eddie Nketiah looks set to leave the Emirates this summer while Alexandre Lacazette may also be offloaded.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang endured a below-par season last term but Mikel Arteta cannot offer Eduoard European football.

The Frenchman has rejected the offer of a new, improved deal and wants out after Celtic finished 25 points behind Steven Gerrard’s title-winning Rangers side last season.

Despite a poor season by his own high standards, Edouard still scored 22 goals and believes teaming up with Rodgers again will help him make a smooth transition to the Premier League.

Rodgers sees Edouard as a potential successor to Jamie Vardy, who turns 35 next season, and wants him to compete with Kelechi Iheanacho for a starting place next season.

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