Aberdeen transfer target Louis Moult has urged Motherwell to honour the promise to let him join a bigger club.
The Dons have had a bid of £350,000 rejected by the Steelmen for the 25-year-old forward who has 12 months remaining on his contract at Fir Park.
Dons manager Derek McInnes is eager to strengthen his attacking options following the departure of Jonny Hayes to Celtic and Niall McGinn to Gwangju in South Korea despite the signing of midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven. The Well forward is flattered by the interest in him and hopes Well will honour the agreement with him if a suitable offer comes in.
He said: “When I signed for Motherwell, they sold the club to me by saying it’s a platform to go on and do better things.
“They said their aim was to sell me on to make money for the football club as it’s a business.
“I’d like to think they will stick to their word if something does happen and it does appeal to me.
“Coming to Motherwell has been fantastic for me and my career. If you were to tell me when I was leaving Wrexham in 2015 that I would achieve what I have then I’d have bitten your hand off. They have been a great club for me and they’re a club I will always have a huge place in my heart for, whatever happens.”
The Dons are expected to return with an increased bid for Moult and the forward said: “If clubs are interested it’s a compliment. In terms of bids and people being interested I’m very grateful.
“But it’s the club’s decision. I’ve got another year on my contract and they pay my wages.
“They have given me a platform to build on and I like to think I have done that.
“My profile has increased and I have Motherwell to thank for that.
“Before I speak to anyone, the bid has to be accepted. That’s the way football works.
“I have one year left on my contract and I’m very grateful people are looking at me and talking about me. A few years ago I was part-time and playing for Nuneaton in the Conference so this is crazy. I’m so grateful to be able to stand here and talk about these things.”