Motherwell take Conor Sammon from Hearts as Grimsby's Ryan Bowman bid is rejected

Conor Sammon will be out of contract at Hearts once his loan spell at Fir Park is over
Sammon will be out of contract at Hearts once his loan spell at Fir Park is over

Motherwell have signed striker Conor Sammon on a season-long loan from Premiership rivals Hearts.

The 31-year-old spent last season at Partick Thistle, scoring 10 goals in 36 appearances for the relegated club.

He moved to Hearts from Derby in the summer of 2016 on a three-year deal but has netted just once in 22 outings for the Tynecastle side.

"Conor will fit our style of play perfectly," manager Stephen Robinson told the club website.

Robinson earlier revealed that the Fir Park club had rejected a bid from Grimsby Town for Ryan Bowman.

The 26-year-old English forward, who signed from Gateshead in 2016, is under contract until next summer.

Sammon, who has also had two spells with Kilmarnock, said: "I'm just looking forward to getting stuck in here, playing a lot of games, scoring a lot of goals, and just being a part of a successful season.

"I think the other strikers in the squad are similar. They're physical, strong and quick, so I definitely think I can fit in here and I think my style of play will help me to have a good season here."

On the bid for Bowman, Robinson explained: "We are in the position financially that we don't need to sell.

"We are very fair with the players. There is a fee that everyone has on their head that we would have to accept because you can't stand in people's way, but none of those have even been close to being met."

Motherwell striker Ryan Bowman
Ryan Bowman joined Motherwell after leaving Gateshead in 2016

Well rejected a £350,000 offer from Hull City for defender Cedric Kipre last month.

"We have had bids for Cedric and again it was way below our valuation," Robinson, whose side host Edinburgh City in their Scottish League Cup opener on Tuesday, added.

"It goes to show that our recruitment is right. Other people are looking at our players on a constant basis, so we are doing something right."

Grimsby have already signed Jordan Cook after his release by Luton Town, but they have sold Siriki Dembele to Peterborough United, released Zak Mills, who has joined League Two rivals Morecambe, while winger Aaron Kelly has joined Hamilton Academical.

Motherwell, meanwhile, have added former Gateshead forward Danny Johnson but released Deimantas Petravicius, who has since joined Falkirk, Nadir Ciftci has returned to Celtic after his loan spell before heading for Genclerbirligi, while Ross MacLean has been sent to Greenock Morton for first-team experience.

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