Motherwell rejected Hutchison bid

  • Last Updated: September 1 2012, 17:36 BST

Motherwell have revealed they turned down a £200,000-plus deadline-day bid for centre-back Shaun Hutchinson.

Shaun Hutchinson: Deadline-day interest

Chief executive Leeann Dempster said they were looking for closer to £1million for the Newcastle-born 21-year-old, who has played 75 first-team games.

Motherwell had previously rejected an offer from an npower Championship club for the defender.

Dempster told www.motherwellfc.co.uk: "Although we are not in the business of holding back our talent, we have a valuation of all our players and the enquiry we received yesterday was still way below what we would expect for a player like Shaun Hutchinson.

"We wouldn't name any club who enquire about our players out of respect but Shaun, in our eyes, is close to being a £1million player so any offer would need to be in that region.

"He is gaining experience every week and has played and shone at the very top level.

"The firming up of the television deal means that whilst we are working well with our fans to plug the hole left by the changes in Scottish football, we are not in a position where we need to sell our talent for less than what they are worth.

"The same is true of Nicky Law - we knocked back a £100,000 bid early in the transfer window as there is no way we would contemplate letting a player of Nicky's quality leave for such a paltry figure."

Motherwell signed two players this summer after losing 10 and failed in an offer to James McFadden but Dempster pointed out funds had been available in recent weeks.

"But we applaud Stuart McCall's stance of not filling up the team with players just to take a jersey," she added.

"It is true that we were very keen to bring Ryan Stevenson to the club but we are not able to compete with Hearts in terms of the emotional pull they have with the player."