Rangers transfer EXCLUSIVE: Crystal Palace want bargain Jake Hastie deal but it will cost | Football | Sport

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Palace will have the 19-year-old watched in today’s derby against Hamilton, as will a host of Championship clubs including Hull and Derby County.

Hastie’s contract expires at the end of the season but any club who signs him would have to pay Well a training compensation fee of around £250,000.

The attacking midfielder has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since establishing himself in the first team after the winter break. He has scored four goals in his last five games and was named Ladbrokes Premiership player of the month for February.

Rangers have already held signing talks with Hastie but have yet to submit a pre-contract, although one is expected imminently. A formal offer is on the table from Championship side Millwall, but Motherwell are refusing to give up in the fight.

They have offered Hastie improved terms which would see him double his current salary.

Stephen Robinson, who made it double award success for the Steelmen after lifting the manager of the month accolade, said: “Jake’s got a decision to make.

“All we can do is try to convince him. We do our very best with it. We can’t pull money out of nowhere.

“We are giving him game time and he’s doing very well for the club, so that has to be our main focus, the game coming up.”

Aberdeen are also interested but the teenager is reluctant to move north despite seeing the positive impact made by Lewis Ferguson since moving from Lanarkshire neighbours Hamilton last season.

Portsmouth are keen too, but Hastie is unlikely to want to drop down to League One.

The Scotland Under-21 squad member will wait to see what develops over the coming days and weeks.

As things stand, Rangers are in the driving seat but that could change if Palace firm up their initial interest with an offer.

When quizzed about his future, Hastie gave nothing away as he vowed to concentrate on today’s Premiership clash with Accies.

“It’s all speculation,” he said. “My main focus is the game.

“I just focus on my football. I’m enjoying my football at the moment and that’s the main thing.”



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