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Arsenal make improved verbal offer for Odsonne Edouard as Alexandre Lacazette seeks move

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have reportedly upped their bid to sign Celtic star Odsonne Edouard as they prepare for the possible departure of Alexandre Lacazette before next month’s transfer deadline.

The north London club have long held an interest in Edouard and head coach Mikel Arteta is known to be an admirer of the 22-year-old forward, who scored 28 goals in all competitions for Celtic last season.

Juventus and Atletico Madrid have both made approaches to sign Lacazette in recent weeks and Arsenal have identified Edouard as one of their priority targets should their No.9 make his way towards the exit door this summer.

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According to Duncan Castles, speaking on his Transfer Window podcast, Arsenal made an initial offer of £15 million which was turned down by Celtic.

He claims the Gunners have since increased their bid to £20m with add-ons up to the value of £2.5m which would be paid in instalments across a four-year period, as has been the case with Kieran…