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McGhee braced for Porter offers

Motherwell striker Chris Porter
Porter will be out of contract at the end of the season

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee says there have been no bids for Chris Porter but he expects the striker to move on.

The 24-year-old, who arrived on a free from Oldham in July 2007, has been linked with Sheffield United.

"If there are suitors out there, we'll speak to the players as and when that happens," McGhee told BBC Sport.

"He came here trying to get himself a move to the bigger time and money in England. That's what he's here for and we are benefiting from that."

Porter, who bagged 18 goals in his first season at Fir Park, has scored four league goals this term and will be out of contract in the summer.

Having netted 22 times in the last of his two campaigns with Oldham, the Wigan-born forward said when he signed for McGhee that he hoped to eventually move to a bigger club.

And McGhee said: "We shouldn't shy away from it, that's the reality. We take the best out of players we can get and, if they move on, then they move on.

"It hasn't happened yet. For instance, when Rangers were showing an interest in Mark Reynolds I spoke to Mark and he was content to stay, and we were content to knock back the offer.

"If a club comes in for one of our players then I will tell them and also say I want them to stay. We'll do our best to persuade him to stay, but in this day and age, if a player wants to leave, then there's not a lot you can do."

McGhee said he hoped to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window and admitted he was monitoring Livingston defender James McPake.

"He's one of many we're looking at," he said. "We're getting people in on trial and still looking at other players."

Meanwhile, the Motherwell manager said his side had not received enough credit for Wednesday's goalless draw with Rangers.

Rangers manager Walter Smith had criticised the assistant referee for chalking off a late Kris Boyd goal for offside.

But McGhee said the debate had shifted focus from what had been one of his side's best performances of the season.

"Statistics can lie, but we had 55% possession in the first half and for 25 minutes of the second we had 62% possession," McGhee said.

"In Celtic's Champions League match the other night, Manchester United had 68% possession and everyone was holding their breath and shaking their heads.

"We had 62% against Rangers and it was positive, passing football. I think we played well apart from not scoring. Rangers had the most chances, but we played well."

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