By Wayne Veysey

11th May, 2017 | 6:50am

Report: Rangers to table official bid for 23-year-old, coveted ace won't come cheap

By Harry Sykes

Motherwell are braced for an official bid from Rangers for centre-back Ben Heneghan, according to a report.

The Daily Record claim the Scottish giants are set to make a formal move for the defender as manager Pedro Caixinha starts the process of overhauling his backline.

It is said that Motherwell “won’t sell the towering stopper on the cheap” and are ready to slap a £500,000 price on one of their prize assets.

The Daily Record report that Heneghan caught Caixinha’s eye during his second match in charge of the Fir Park outfit, which was a 1-1 draw.

Scottish Premiership side Motherwell are vulnerable to losing the mainstay of their defence as he only has a year left to run on his current deal and would cost nothing in 12 months’ time.

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Sky Sports claim that Reading and Cardiff have also made enquiries to the former England C international’s availability.

Heneghan has made 40 appearances for Motherwell this season in all competitions but his side currently face the possibility of being relegated to the second tier of Scottish football as they sit in 11th place with three games to play.

The 23-year-old began his career in the Everton youth set-up before joining Stoke and then non-league club Chester in 2014, where he made 84 appearances for Chester before moving to Motherwell last summer on a two-year deal.

Rangers are looking to reshape their defence after Caixinha informed centre-backs Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos they will be leaving Ibrox at the end of the campaign when their contracts end.

In other Rangers transfer news, the day of the long knives has continued as Caixinha has bombed another senior player out of Ibrox.

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