Motherwell star’s pre-contract Dundee signing confirmed as boss provides Joe Efford update after Hearts loss


Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has said new signing Joe Efford has a work permit interview to complete as he prepares for Fir Park life – with defender Ricki Lamie at Dundee this summer.

The American was added to the Fir Park squad before his new side lost 2-0 to third-placed Hearts.

Andy Halliday scored in the first half before Ellis Simms doubled the Jambos lead on the back of two ‘good’ errors.

Hibs’ loss to fifth-placed Livingston means Alexander’s side remain fourth in the Premiership ahead of meeting St Mirren on Tuesday.

25-year-old striker Efford joins Belgian club Waasland-Beveren for an undisclosed fee. He is awaiting a work visa, although the club claim a governing body approval has been granted.

Alexander said: “I think Joe has a work permit interview to do on Sunday. Everything else is settled. His contract, his medical, everything is fine.

“I hope we will have clearance for him then because he will come straight into the team. He is a good player but he hasn’t been with us. We have to let him know how we play. .

“He can play both sides, he’s quick and he can score a goal, so it’s good to have him on board.”

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Defender Lamie has signed a pre-contract with Dundee. Alexander is unsure whether or not there will be any other in or outs ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

He explained: “I’m not sure. I already jumped in with the ins and outs and something changed. I think we have to be ready to act if something happens with our players.

“We are happy with the situation of our team. I think everyone has a role to play between now and the end of the season, so the plan is to keep everyone on board.

“I think Ricki’s pre-contract was last night (Friday). I spoke to Ricki yesterday afternoon but I still see him as an important player by the end of the season.

“He’s a good character and a good player. He’s still in our squad, so I don’t see any reason why we have to lose him before the end of the season.”

Alexander was disappointed with the way Motherwell conceded to Hearts but insists the overall performance wasn’t that bad.

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The ‘Well boss added: “I think we played very well. We deliberately passed the ball and pressed Hearts. Their goal came against the run of play but we contributed to it.

“I thought we should have handled it better and we were punished severely. We had some great opportunities before half-time to find the leveler which would have been a just reward.

“We couldn’t find that finishing touch and then the second goal was also similar. We should have made a better decision and we were punished again for that.

“The clinical side of Hearts on those two attacks was the difference in the game because I thought we played some really good stuff.”

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