Slovan Bratislava chief Ivan Kmotrik has revealed that Celtic have made an approach for striker Andraz Sporar, despite the Hoops having denied any interest in the player.
Manager Neil Lennon dismissed speculation last week that the Scottish champions would shell out £5m on the Slovenian international but Kmotrik confirmed a bid had been made, but it didn’t match their €8m (£6.8m) valuation:
“It is true that Celtic has sent us a specific offer and has shown an enormous interest in Andraz Sporar. Other strong clubs from countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium have also heard from us.”
“The interest is great and we expect it to be even more pronounced during the transition period. I think its price is much higher (than €5.5m). I cannot imagine selling Andraz for less than €7m-€8million (£6m-£6.8m).”
It could be the case that Kmotrik is using reports of Celtic’s interest in Sporar to bump up the price of the forward. However, it is also possible that the Hoops bulked when they were told of his asking price.
The Scottish club are on the lookout for a striker in the January transfer window, in order to provide more support for Odsonne Edouard.
However, it does seem that Celtic are unlikely to pursue Sporar, despite the 25-year-old having scored 20 goals in his 26 appearances for Bratislava this campaign.