A £20million offer for Moussa Dembele would be well below Celtic’s valuation, according to assistant manager Chris Davies.
West Ham hinted they were prepared to pay a near club-record fee for the France Under-21 striker in an article on their official website on Thursday but Celtic have not received any official bid – and would not welcome one at the sum suggested by the Hammers.
The 20-year-old has scored 19 goals since arriving from Fulham in the summer on a four-year contract and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has previously stated he would not be sold in January.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all believed to be tracking the former Fulham man.
When asked about West Ham’s interest, Davies said: “That was definitely well below his valuation, that’s for sure. The manager spoke pretty clearly on that situation previously.
“There has been no formal bid or anything like that. It is at the moment speculation but it’s well below the valuation of the club.
“The message has been pretty clear from the manager, he spoke about it last month. For us, we know this is the best place for Moussa to develop and improve. He is still 20 years old, he has development left in him.
“He has had a fantastic first six months, he has absolutely loved it and there is so much more to come from us as a team and for Moussa Dembele at Celtic. That’s what we are concentrating on.
“Obviously, when you are doing well and especially when you are a striker, then there is going to be big money and talk thrown about a lot, especially during transfer windows. But we can’t control that, we just have to concentrate on trying to develop him as a player.”
Celtic’s record transfer income was a £13million deal for Virgil van Dijk but they have since seen his value soar inside 18 months amid speculation the Southampton defender could move for four times that amount.
Davies said: “We don’t need to panic and sell players under their valuation.
“Ultimately any player in the world has a valuation that clubs set. But the club operates very efficiently and will take everything into consideration based on all the facts. But it’s all hearsay for now. Moussa is happy and we are working hard.”