EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Sunderland and QPR are eyeing late-window moves for Rangers target Ben Heneghan from Motherwell after he rejected a new contract, Football Insider sources understand.
Heneghan has been the subject of interest from a number of clubs, including Scottish Premiership big guns Rangers after catching the eye at Motherwell since his arrival from Chester last summer.
The powerful central defender has made 50 appearances for Motherwell and has established himself as a key man at Fir Park.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the former Everton and Stoke youngster has turned down a new deal at Motherwell with his current deal due to expire next summer.
The news has alerted Heneghan’s suitors with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers keen to lure the 23-year-old back down to England.
Sunderland are in the market for a new central defender as they look to bolster their defensive options, while QPR boss Ian Holloway has been keeping tabs on Heneghan as he looks to strengthen his squad at Loftus Road.
Motherwell are reluctant to lose Heneghan, but they could be forced to cash-in on him before Thursday’s transfer deadline rather than risk allowing him to run down his contract and leave for nothing at the end of the season.