Motherwell chief Alan Burrows has commented on the future of Rangers transfer target Jake Hastie, with The Scottish Sun reporting it could cost as much as £400,000 to bring him to Ibrox this summer.
Hastie has again been heavily linked with a move to Rangers this week, despite reports at the state of the month that Steven Gerrard and his recruitment team had given up on the move.
Many have wondered why Motherwell haven’t been able to keep the youngster a Fir Park for longer, but Chief Exec Alan Burrows has defended the actions of the club.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
I’ve made sure that even if we do lose players like Jake, we won’t lose them for nothing.
How you do that is by making certain their contracts expire on or before the season of their 22nd birthday. If you do that then you will receive compensation.
In the past, with Jamie Murphy, Mark Reynolds and Shaun Hutchinson, Motherwell put those players on long-term deals with a view to selling them.
It transpired they stayed for three or four seasons and when we did trade them on, we got very little for them.
We don’t offer four-year contracts any more, and for that very reason.
Fans want to know why Jake Hastie and the other promising youngsters aren’t tied down until 2024, but we’re just protecting Motherwell.
The paper report that the compensation fee for Hastie could be as much as £400,000, which makes his signing on a ‘free’ transfer a little more complicated from our perspective.
There’s no doubt he has potential, but should we be diverting resources away from Gerrard’s transfer fund this summer to sign a player who will not be guaranteed first-team football?
He’s a player who does not have a lot of senior experience in the top-flight after all, despite his impressive goals for ‘Well since January.
It’s something that Director of Football Mark Allen and Gerrard himself will be weighing up right now.
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