Motherwell have revealed Liam Grimshaw has been recalled early from his loan spell at Manchester United and looks likely to be sold on his return.
Grimshaw’s loan deal at Motherwell was due to expire on Sunday night and the Scottish club but they had already held positive talks with Man United over him moving there on a permanent deal.
Speaking about Grimshaw, Motherwell boss Mark McGhee said an English club had bettered their offer which they simply can’t compete with. He said: “We’ve held numerous very positive talks with both Liam and his representatives about the possibility of him becoming a Motherwell player.
“So much so, our plan was to try and finalise an agreement with Manchester United this week. However, we have been gazumped at the last minute by an English club who offered a package that we simply cannot compete with.
“Whilst that is frustrating, we completely understand everyone’s position.
“I would like to firstly sincerely thank Manchester United for allowing us to have the player for the last four months.
“Liam himself has been fantastic in how he has approached the move and his conduct and performances throughout. We’re naturally disappointed to be losing him, but at the same time, proud of him that he’s earned such a good move and wish him every success.
“From Motherwell Football Club’s point of view, it is yet another example of how we are set-up to develop young players and this should give further encouragement to any footballer, club or parent about what we have to offer and the platform we can provide.
“We prepare for every eventuality so have other irons in the fire which we will now explore.”
Following the sale of Ben Pearson to Preston North End on Monday, it looks like Grimshaw will be the second midfielder sold by Louis van Gaal in January.
While the English club is not mentioned, the fact they can outbid Motherwell indicates it is likely to be a Championship team which would undoubtedly be a step-up for Grimshaw.
At a time where so much has changed with United’s first-team, there is certainly a lot of goings on with our youth teams in terms of restructuring and change of squads.