By Will Butcher
Rangers have been handed a major transfer boost as Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson revealed Ben Heneghan could leave the club.
The Daily Record claim the 23-year-old is to be the subject of a formal Rangers bid as manager Pedro Caixinha looks to strengthen his backline with a £500,000 move for the defender.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Well boss Robinson revealed that Heneghan could leave in the summer as his club are a side that buy on the cheap and sell for larger fees.
However, the 42-year-old manager did reveal that there had been no approach made by the 54-time Scottish champions, despite their strong reported interest.
“There’s been no official bid from anybody, Pedro hasn’t picked up the phone to me or anyone else,” Robinson said, as quoted by Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre on Thursday (1.36pm).
“Ben is someone we want to keep but don’t get me wrong, we are a club that sells players. We bring players in on low, low money, put them back out again and then start the process again.”
It is believed that Heneghan caught the attention of Rangers’ Portuguese manager during Caixinha’s second match in charge of the Ibrox outfit, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Heneghan has made a huge 40 league and cup appearances this term, as Motherwell sit in 11th place in Scotland’s top tier.
With a contract at Fir Park until May 2018, Motherwell could be tempted to cash in on the defender rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next season.
Rangers are next in action on Saturday, as they play host to Ian Cathro’s Hearts in a lunchtime kick-off at Ibrox.
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