CELTIC have been told they will have to stump up almost £6million for Danish striker Mathias Kvistgaarden – who was valued at £2million in January.

The 21-year-old Brondby hitman has seen his value leap almost 300 percent in eight months after signing a four-year contract extension in June which more than doubled his wages.

The Superliga club are demanding 7million euros – £5,982,585 – for their in-demand forward, according to local media Ekstra Bladet, with the outlet also stating no concrete offer has arrived for Kvistgaarden with the transfer deadline a week away.

Hoops scouts have been keeping tabs on the frontman who scored 10 in 37 games last season, as CQN reported at the weekend.

ON THE PROWL…Mathias Kvistgaarden in the search for goals.

Brendan Rodgers is short on attack-leaders with Kyogo Furuhashi his only recognised spearhead at the moment with South Korean Oh Hyeon-gyu on the sudelines with an injury.

Daezan Maeda could be utlised through the middle in an emergency, but the Celtic gaffer prefers him in his more natural wide role in the team.

The Danish club insist they will not budge if their evaluation of the Under-21 international who was a team-mate of the Hoops’ Matt O’Riley at that level.

Kvistgaarden, in a recent interview with his country’s sports media, admitted: “I love Brondby, I have played here since I was 12 years old. I want to make sure that Brondby makes money from me when I am sold one day.

“Because it’s my ambition, I’m going abroad at some point.”

This season, Kvistgaard has claim one goal and provided two assists in the first five league games.

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