One of the most highly rated young players in Scottish football could be available for a bargain fee this summer.
According to the Daily Record, Motherwell are demanding £500,000 for sprightly winger Chris Cadden after rejecting an offer of just £100,000 from Hearts. He is cheap, but he is not that cheap.
Whether Hearts return with a bigger bid remains to be seen. The report claims they are resigned to losing wantaway winger Jamie Walker this summer and have identified Cadden as the ideal replacement.
The 20-year-old, a bright light in a struggling Motherwell team, was heavily linked with Rangers last season, as reported by the Scottish Sun. However, since the turn of the year, speculation of a move to Ibrox has gone cold.
Perhaps this is something to do with the change in management. After all, Pedro Caixinha appears to have his own targets, reinforcing the wide areas with Benfica duo Daniel Candeias and Dalcio.
However, with Cadden likely to be subject to other interest this summer, you wonder whether Caixinha’s predecessor will renew his interest. After all, Mark Warburton was in charge when the Scotland youth international was on Rangers’ radar.
And his current club, Nottingham Forest, could be an ideal destination for Cadden if he does indeed leave Motherwell this summer. The Championship giants may have survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last season but, in the meantime, they helped launch the careers of a number of Britain’s most highly rated youngsters, from Toulon tournament winning captain Joe Worrall to teenage striker Ben Brereton.
Oliver Burke became the most expensive Scottish player in history last summer after moving to RB Leipzig for £13 million in the back of a stunning breakthrough campaign at Forest (BBC).
And with Forest facing competition from Middlesbrough for Blackburn Rovers winger Conor Mahoney, Cadden could be an astute alternative. At just £500,000, he is certainly within budget for a side crippled by Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Blackburn Rovers' Connor Mahoney is attracting plenty of interest