Aberdeen chief executive Alan Burrows has warned clubs circling for in-form strikers Duk and Bojan Miovski that they’ll have to fork out big money if those players are to be lured away from Pittodrie.

Burrows is well aware that with Cape Verde international Duk having hit 16 goals in 33 Premiership appearances this season and Miovski on a similar tally, they could be top targets for clubs south of the border or abroad.

The Dons laid out more than £1m for them last summer – Duk from Benfica’s reserve side and Miovski plucked for £550,000 from MTK Budapest - but their values in the transfer market have rocketed up upwards of double that figure.

Burrow’s, however, insisted the club had no wish to lose such prolific scorers who, he believed, are still developing.

But he stressed any suitors should be ready to spend big if they want them.

He said: “When players do well other teams become interested in them.

“In some ways, it’s a compliment to the club. We are in a robust position at the moment. If anybody wants our best players, particularly ones like Duk and Miovski, who have extensive contracts with the club, they’re going to have to come out and put down a real fair price for them.

READ MORE: Bobby Madden announces refereeing retirement after 20 years

“In that sense, we won’t be easy to deal with. We’re looking to build a squad.

“The flip side is that we have a model that relies on the development, not only of young players coming through the academy but those we bring

“At the same time, we want to be challenging at the top end of domestic competitions and even in Europe.

So, if people want to try and disrupt that, they’re going to have to pay a pretty price, that’s for sure.”

The same, he added, applied to Ross McCrorie, linked with English Championship side Bristol City, thought to be ready with a £2m bid for the former Rangers utility player.

The Herald:

At The Herald and Times we know the importance of reaching you where it's convenient, which is why we've engaged top sportswriter James Morgan to bring you an irreverent daily update on what's happening in the world of sport. Be it football, golf, rugby, cricket or something more exotic, James will tread where the best stories take him. To get this bespoke piece sent directly to your email inbox for free every day at 5pm, simply take 5 seconds to type in your email here. It's that simple!