CRYSTAL PALACE are plotting a £25million swoop for Celtic star Odsonne Edouard.
The Eagles are long-time admirers of Hoops hero French Eddy, with their scouts watching him in action throughout last season.
And SunSport understands Palace are now weighing up an ambitious move to see if they can tempt the Scottish champions to part with their best player.
Celtic have made it clear the prolific striker is NOT for sale ahead of their historic ten-in-a-row bid.
Edouard has two years to run on his deal and Neil Lennon has even talked about securing the 22-year-old on a new and improved deal to fend off interest this summer.
But it’s understood several top clubs have been in contact with his representatives.
It was initially thought the starting price to open negotiations would be in excess of £30m, but that figure has dropped.
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell will likely be difficult to deal with as he attempts to keep hold of the club’s prized asset.
But that won’t stop bids being tabled and Palace are eager to open talks to see if any deal can be thrashed out.
Celts are well placed financially having raked in around £60million from the transfers of Moussa Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney in recent years.
But the coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on clubs everywhere. The Glasgow giants are not immune and are set to lose millions from having to play behind closed doors.
Palace, now 13th in the Premier League, had held off from making their move until they were safe from relegation.
But Leicester’s ex-Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is also keeping tabs on Edouard’s situation after signing the youngster for £9m from PSG after an initial season-long loan.
Premier League-bound Leeds United are also reportedly interested in the Hoops ace, who was voted Scottish Football Writers’ and Celtic Player of the Year for 2020.