The fact that Louis Moult is out of contract at the end of the current campaign is no secret. There’s certainly no shortage of clubs more than aware of the fact they can sign one of Scotland’s most lethal hitman on a free – or perhaps a cut-price deal in January if they can’t wait until the summer.
The Scottish Sun claims that Rangers were interested in the transfer window just gone but were unwilling to meet Motherwell’s asking price for their talisman. Aberdeen have had bids rejected while Hibernian, Millwall, Brentford and Blackburn Rovers are all understood to be interested.
And though some way short of admitting his interest in moving to a club with the stature of Rangers and Hibs, Moult accepts that the Scottish top flight is all the better for two of the country’s biggest clubs returning after spells in the lower leagues.
“People get surprised by the standard of this league,” Moult, who scored 15 league goals in each of the last two seasons, told Herald Scotland.
“I know I was. I was taken aback by the tempo when I first arrived (from non-league Wrexham in 2015) and it took me a bit of time to adjust. I think the standard is brilliant, as is the league. I enjoy myself and it shows on the pitch.
“There are good players here, especially with the likes of Rangers and Hibs back in the league. This is the strongest I’ve witnessed in my time up here. Every game is tough and it’s a good standard.”
Whether the former Stoke City prospect would rather stay in Scotland or return below the border remains to be seen. Moult is in a position to choose his own destiny.
Though Rangers will be hoping the 25-year-old, who scored five goals in five games in September to win the league’s Player of the Month award, chooses Ibrox over Easter Road with the Scottish Sun reporting that two of the league's biggest sides could go head-to-head in January.