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Van Basten: Finnbogason future out of my hands

12 August 2013 11:47

Heerenveen coach Marco van Basten wants to retain Celtic target Alfred Finnbogason, but concedes the decision is not his to make.

The Scottish champions are reportedly lining up a move for the striker as they seek a replacement for Gary Hooper following his departure to join Premier League side Norwich City.

And the Iceland international, who is thought to be attracting interest from other clubs across Europe, added to his value with a goal in the club's 2-0 win over NAC Breda on Saturday in the Eredivisie.

Van Basten admits he may not be able to retain the 24-year-old's services, but warned it would take a big offer to sell.

"I do not want to sell him but I know my place and I know I am not the boss at Heerenveen," Van Basten said.

"If some club comes in with a large offer, there is nothing I can do.

"He's so important to this club on and off the pitch, so if clubs want to buy him, they will have to throw a lot of money at us."

Sporting director Gaston Sporre admits Heerenveen will listen to offers, but echoed Van Basten's sentiments that they will only sell if an offer meets their valuation of the player.

"He's good for at least 20 goals a season for us and we won't sell him for a reduced fee," he said.

"If we get a concrete offer for him we will negotiate, but our aim is to keep him here at Heerenveen. He hasn't told us he is unhappy or asked for a transfer. We will wait and see."

Finnbogason scored 24 goals in 33 Eredivisie appearances last season.

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