Motherwell: Stephen Robinson 'well down the line' in replacing Louis Moult

Louis Moult
Injured Louis Moult may have played his last game for Motherwell, as he prepares for a January switch to Preston

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson is "well down the line" in his attempts to replace prolific striker Louis Moult.

Motherwell accepted an offer of around £500,000 from Preston for the Scottish Premiership's top goal-scorer.

Robinson concedes he has limited funds to acquire a replacement for the Englishman, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.

"We'll have to replace him on a free transfer I would imagine," the Motherwell boss said.

"I have spent 10 grand on the whole squad and that was (goalkeeper) Trevor Carson, so I can't imagine we will be buying anyone for huge money.

"We'll have to scour the (English) Conference and League Two, that's our market, and the lower leagues in Scotland. It's a hard task but it's one we were aware would happen.

"We've spoken to numerous people. Motherwell isn't everyone's first choice, Scottish football unfortunately isn't everyone's first choice, out of ignorance more than what's actually happening here. But we've got targets, we are actively speaking to people.

"We are well down the line with a couple of things that hopefully we can get done."

Marvin Johnson celebrates scoring for Motherwell against St Johnstone
Attacker Marvin Johnson spent a year at Motherwell, and is currently with Middlesbrough in the English Championship

Robinson feels Moult's 50-goal Motherwell haul and achievements in Scotland can encourage his targets to move to Fir Park.

The Northern Irishman insists the Steelmen can provide players with a "great platform" to progress their careers, and climb to the upper echelons of the English game.

"Louis Moult, Ben Heneghan and Marvin Johnson are brilliant examples of what we do and the model we have," Robinson said.

"We bring them up for free transfers, give them game time and put them in a shop window and they better themselves, both financially and at a really good level.

"Unfortunately there is an ignorance; I spoke to one guy and his wage demands were absolutely ridiculous. And sometimes they choose money over where they can develop their career.

"If any young player wants to develop their career, this is a great platform and a great football club to do it."

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