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Motherwell boss Craig Brown still chasing Everton duo

Craig Brown, John Ruddy and Lukas Jutkiewicz
Craig Brown hopes to retain John Ruddy and Lukas Jutkiewicz

By John Barnes

Craig Brown has confirmed he is still negotiating with Everton to try to keep on-loan duo John Ruddy and Lukas Jutkiewicz beyond the summer.

The Motherwell boss is aware that if Everton's manager demands a transfer fee for the pair then the Fir Park club would not be able to afford them.

"We're still negotiating by telephone with David Moyes over the two loan players," Brown told BBC Scotland.

"Both would be relatively expensive, certainly very expensive for us."

Goalkeeper Ruddy is presently on the sidelines through injury, while striker Jutkiewicz is also struggling with a knock, but both have been regulars in a Motherwell side who have secured a top-six finish in the Scottish Premier League this season.

"If I'm being honest, I suspect David will want them back to Everton, maybe to keep them there or to sell them," said Brown.

I wouldn't ever say no to signing on again

Motherwell midfielder Tom Hateley

"If that was the case, quite clearly they would be outwith our price range.

"We hope to try to reinstate the bulk of this season's squad and add some quality over the summer to make Motherwell a better force come the start of next season.

"So we hope that he may want to extend their loan period here, but that remains to be seen."

Brown, meanwhile, expressed delight that captain Stephen Craigan and midfielder Keith Lasley had signed new deals.

"I think Crags will be here forever - he's ageless in the way he plays," said Brown. "An example of that was the match against Celtic in midweek. He was immense before he had to come off through injury.

"We're happy he's extended his deal here and Keith Lasley too.

"He's been very much an impact player in midfield, although he's got an injury at the moment that may well keep him out of the game against Dundee United on Sunday."

Midfielder Tom Hateley, who was named Motherwell fans young player of the year at a ceremony on Saturday, could also soon pledge his future to the club.


He is out of contract this summer and has made no secret of his desire to remain at the club.

Hateley said: "We're talking about it at the moment, but the manager's said just keep playing until the end of the season and we'll talk.

"I wouldn't ever say no to signing on again, so time will tell over the next couple of weeks exactly what's happening."

Meanwhile, Motherwell have had Australian Adriano Pellegrino on trial this week.

The Perth Glory midfielder was previously linked with Celtic while Tony Mowbray was in charge.

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see also
Ruddy may consider Fir Park stay
18 Feb 10 |  Motherwell
Well keep Everton duo for season
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