MOTHERWELL are still in the dark over whether Chris Cadden will leave the club after Oxford United enquired about the compensation fee required to secure his registration.

Under the FIFA solidarity mechanism, clubs must be compensated for training players between their 12th and 23rd birthdays. As Oxford are a category three club, Motherwell would be due €30,000 for each season Cadden has been at the club, meaning the English League One outfit would therefore have to pay €300,000 (around £270,000) to secure the signature of the 22-year-old.

As yet though, neither the player nor Oxford have made Motherwell aware if it is their intention to do so, with a contract offer to remain in Lanarkshire still firmly on the table.


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As per the FIFA solidarity mechanism, Motherwell will also be due 4.5 percent of any future sale should Cadden indeed make the move south.

Cadden endured something of a stop-start campaign last term, playing as a wing-back in the early part of the season and then missing out for four months through injury as the Steelmen turned their form around at the turn of the year.

He returned to action just before the end of the season, but with his contract now expired, he could be about to end his decade-long association with the club.