West Ham dealt the striker a hard blow
West Ham United suffered a heavy blow in their quest to sign Odsonne Edouard this week …
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According to Football insider, the 23-year-old Celtic forward has moved closer to Premier League rivals Irons Leicester City as they look to run their business early.
It is claimed that the Midlands side have made progress on signing Edward in recent days and that Brendan Rodgers is keen to re-sign the Frenchman, having managed him at Parkhead.
There is hope the Foxes can beat players like West Ham and Arsenal to secure a deal in the next transfer window.
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Moyes won’t be happy
It will be a blow to not only West Ham fans who crave the addition of a prolific sniper like Edward, but David Moyes as well.
In mid-April, the same source suggested the Hammers were the pioneers in securing the France Under-21 international this summer. Football insider claimed the east London club were ‘preparing the ground’ for their move and hoped to secure it.
Edward has made clear his intention to leave the Hoops this summer, which has opened up a possible Premier League transfer battle with many teams considering a move for him. It is reportedly available for around £ 15-20million, according to The sun.
It’s no secret that Moyes is in desperate need of a striker, this is about the only position they’ve been in. bound with an array of names ranging from Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham to Czech starlet Adam Hlozek.
The 58-year-old has only had one senior striker at his disposal since January, when the club’s hierarchy sanctioned the departure of club record Sebastian Haller to Ajax after just 18 months at the club. That left him with only one prone to injury Michail Antonio, but he has always guided them in the Europa League.
A player of Edward’s caliber would be the perfect frontline signing to bolster his claims ahead of next season after the 23-year-old talisman’s goal. 22 times in all competitions this term, adding to its 28 goals and 19 assists from 2019/20.
Likewise, former Hammers forward Frank McAvennie believes he is a “wonderful talent,“Which should have the big wigs at the London stadium wanting him even more given the Scotsman knows a thing or two about being a top striker for West Ham.
It’s not just his ability to score goals that is so appealing. Not only was he told he had “that little magic in his feetBy former Celtic and Scotland forward Frank McGarvey, but his movement and ability to read the game are just two other extremely attractive attributes.
Talk to BBC, Jean-Claude Giuntini, former coach of Edouard’s youth in France, said: “He had the confidence and the obsession to score all the great forwards they need. He never doubts his qualities. But this behavior can create panic – for opposition supporters.
“He had an excellent sense of anticipation which gave him a remarkable ability to read the game. And he had considerable skill at shooting – his efforts were focused, precise and powerful.
All in all, Moyes could live to regret West Ham’s failure to land it as their top rivals gear up for the “unstoppable»Edouard. He could well have been the missing piece of the puzzle, especially since he’s available for half the price of an Abraham.
It seems likely that the Irons will miss a windfall solution to their glaring woes and it will leave their manager in shock. Moyes had better hope the Frenchman doesn’t hit one at London Stadium next season.
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