Odsonne Edouard will NOT leave Celtic for a cut-price fee despite reports claiming Leicester City were closing in on a move for the striker.

The Frenchman has been a standout for the Hoops again this season with 21 goals in 34 appearances and the Foxes are reportedly aiming to bring him to the Premier League as a long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy. The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that they hope to do a deal worth around £15million.

But Herald and Times Sport understands it will take a significantly higher fee to land the attacker who, at the end of the season, will have 12-months remaining on his contract. A source close to the player suggested that £15million would be 'nowhere near' the fee necessary for Celts to part with their man.

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Leicester are big admirers of Edouard, 23, with head of recruitment Lee Congerton having been influential in bringing him to Parkhead under Brendan Rodgers for £9million back in 2018. AS Roma and Aston Villa are both also believed to be keen in bringing the goal scorer in but will have to splash out for his services.

Celtic interim manager John Kennedy has admitted the player's future will be considered this summer at the end of the season as the club conduct a major overhaul of operations. But the 37-year-old is determined to hold onto the star man for as long as possible.

"When you have talented players, there's always interest," Kennedy said. "So I've no doubt there will be interest in Odsonne, as there was last season and all the time he's been here, but ultimately the club will do the right thing for themselves.

"We want to keep him for as long as we can because of the talent he's got. But there ultimately comes a point, whether contractually or the player's motivation, when you have to sit down and address that and that will be done in the summer."