Motherwell open talks with ex-Rangers striker over summer move - report
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Motherwell open talks with ex-Rangers striker over summer move - report

Motherwell have reportedly opened talks with former Rangers striker Zak Rudden over a pre-contract move to Fir Park from Partick Thistle this summer.

According to the Daily Record, the Steelmen view Rudden as the perfect replacement for Dundee United-bound Tony Watt and have informed the Firhill side of their intentions.

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Rudden has been in good form for Ian McCall’s side this season, hitting the net ten times in 24 appearances for Thistle as they look to challenge for a playoff spot this term.

With the former Rangers striker out of contract this summer, he can open talks over a move but Partick would be due compensation due to Rudden being under the age of 24.

St Johnstone have also had a couple of offers rejected by Partick with Thistle determined not to lose him on the cheap this month.

Rudden came through the Academy at Rangers, playing alongside the likes of Billy Gilmour and Robby McCrorie in the youth sides at Ibrox before stints out on loan with Falkirk and Plymouth.

The Scotland youth international would then move permanently to Firhill at the beginning of 2020 where he has continued to develop into a clinical striker.

With Motherwell set to lose Tony Watt to Dundee United in the summer, Steelmen boss Graham Alexander is looking to replace the former Celtic striker’s goals and Rudden could be the perfect fit.

His physical style will be ideal for leading the line for Motherwell and Rangers will be hoping the one-time Ibrox hotshot doesn’t come back to haunt them if he makes a move to Fir Park this summer.

Meanwhile, a rival Premiership manager has suggested Rangers are unlikely to snap up transfer target during the January window.