Motherwell’s Chief Executive, Alan Burrows, has provided an update on the status of Jake Hastie, as quoted by the Evening Times.
The speedy 20-year-old burst onto the scene in January and has six goals in twelve league appearances. Consequently, several clubs are said to be interested in his signature.
However, the latest report claims MLS side Atlanta United are yet to secure an agreement. Therefore, the Gers are reviving interest.
“As far as I’m aware, he hasn’t signed for anyone else yet,” corroborated Burrows, as quoted by
“We’ve offered him a number of improved contracts but, when you’re doing well and scoring goals, your representatives can hold out for more. We’re now at the point where we’ve made him the best offer we possibly can within the club’s wage structure and we’ll see where that takes us.
“Because Jake’s out of contract he has a little leeway to be patient in terms of other suitors coming in for him. The nature of training compensation as introduced by FIFA means that we cannot ever take that offer from the table because if we were to do that we’d effectively lose our right to compensation.
“So while he has a good contract from us, he can afford to be a little more adventurous when it comes to holding on for alternative offers.”
The Evening Times goes on to report that should Hastie opt to leave, the compensation fee will be around £400,000.
Burrows’ has explained Motherwell’s position in order to get the fans onside.
Essentially, they are doing all they can to keep him. However, if he does decide to go elsewhere this summer, they will still receive a substantial fee.
£400K shouldn’t be prohibitive for the Gers. Yet, it appears that this saga could rumble on for some time, though, before the player makes a final decision on his future.