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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2008, 18:55 GMT
McGhee aims to retain McCormack
Motherwell striker Ross McCormack
McCormack has been in great form for Motherwell this season
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has said he hopes the club can offer striker Ross McCormack a deal that will persude him to remain at Fir Park.

McCormack is set to hold signing talks with Middlesbrough later this week.

The 21-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is free to speak to interested clubs.

McGhee told BBC Sport: "Ross is still open-minded to stay here beyond that and we are trying to come up with a package to get him to stay here."

McGhee confirmed that McCormack's agent had informed the club that there was interest from the Riverside, but said Motherwell would "do everything in their power to keep him at Fir Park."

"Ross has told me in no uncertain terms that he wants to be here at least until the end of the season," McGhee said.

"I think he feels that, if somebody like Middlesbrough was in for him, that it's going to be difficult for him to stay her beyond that.

"We have no urgency to sell him regardless of what price is offered.

"We have a good little thing going here and we want Ross to be part of that.

McCormack's agent, John Brown, told BBC Sport earlier this week that Motherwell are keen to extend the striker's stay and they too will talk to the player this week with a view to him remaining at least until the end of the season.

Other Scottish Premier League and English Championship clubs have also shown an interest.

McCormack started his senior career with Rangers and scored in a 1-1 Champions League draw away to Porto.


But he was loaned out to Doncaster later that season and left Ibrox in 2006 after making just 14 appearances for the Glasgow club.

McCormack's first season with Motherwell was plagued by injury and he scored just three times in 15 appearances.

However, he has blossomed under new manager Mark McGhee this season, scoring eight goals and putting in a series of critically-acclaimed performances.

And this month said he was keen to extend his stay with Motherwell.

But, with McGhee being among those shortlisted for the Scotland manager's vacancy, McCormack also appears to be considering his future at Fir Park.

"I've always said that I would benefit from another season or two at Motherwell to progress my game and develop," McCormack had told the club website.

"That is still the case, so we just need to get the right deal sorted out."

Motherwell would be due compensation should McCormack reject a new contract and leave for another club in the summer.


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