Celtic's hopes of landing Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason have been dented with the Dutch side demanding £5 million as Lazio and Augsburg join the race for his signature, reports the Daily Record.
Finnbogason has been lined up as potential replacement for Gary Hooper, as Celtic boss Neil Lennon continues to search for a forward after their top scorer departed for Norwich earlier this summer.
The Icelandic scored 27 times in 33 appearances last season, and Celtic chief scout John Park was an interested spectator has the striker netted in Saturday's 2-0 win over Breda.
However, the Hoops will need to find at least £5 million to bring him to Glasgow, with competition from Augsburg and Lazio also proving difficult obstacles in their pursuit.
The German side have already had a bid of £4.5 million rejected, and with Lazio keen to make an offer of their own, a bidding-war looks set before the end of the transfer window in 18 days.
The 24-year-old is believed to be happy with life at his current club and will not demand a transfer, with Heerenveen director Gaston Sporre hoping to keep hold of him.
“It’s true proposals have come but the amounts are not interesting enough," he said.
“We’d prefer to keep him. He’s important to us and he won’t just go anywhere.”
Celtic's hopes could hinge on their Champions League qualification, with the Hoops one round away from making the group stages.
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