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Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City are keen to sign Scotland international Declan Gallagher from Motherwell, according to the Glasgow Times.

The 29-year-old centre-back may be out of contract at the end of this season but, if you examine the situation a little closer, Motherwell are not quite as helpless as it seems.

Far from it.

The Scottish Premiership outfit can trigger an extension clause in Gallagher’s deal within a matter of days and, according to the Daily Record, the Lanarkshire club would not even consider a January sale unless they receive an offer they cannot refuse.

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The Record believes that it would take a ‘significant’ six-figure sum before Motherwell, who are sitting joint-bottom of the table, would be tempted to let Gallagher go.

QPR and Cardiff are keen to take the one-time Celtic youngster south of the border but it seems unlikely that a deal can be done over the next two weeks.

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Mark Warburton’s relegation-threatened QPR side have been crying out for extra quality at centre-half for as long as we can remember, although Jordy de Wijs has now arrived from Hull City to add some height and steel at the heart of an often error-prone backline.

Gallagher, a 6ft 6ins pillar of a man, played a major role as Scotland qualified for a major tournament for the first time this century, winning headers by the hundred in that nerve-shredding play-off victory over Serbia in November.

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