MAX JOHNSTON is reportedly on the verge of his departure from Motherwell.
The Scotland Under-21 international is currently out of contractand has been linked with several clubs since joining the Motherwell first-team.
19-year-old Johnston only made his first-team debut in February 2021 but has since risen to fame in the firranks in recent years.
The right-back was given a starring role in the senior squad last season, replacing veteran team-mate Stephen O’Donnell. Since then he has not looked back.
Last season he made 32 appearances and helped The Well finish seventh in the Scottish Premiership.
Johnston has since been followed by severaland European clubs, having made a name for himself both domestically and for clubs youth teams.
The defender has many options on the table when preparingthis summer – but it looks like he’s decided to move abroad.
Johnston is close to a move to Austrian club Sturm Graz and could sign a four-year deal in the coming days, sources say Sky Sports.
He was advised to follow in Ryan Gauld’s footsteps and hit the roadbut it is now claimed that it is the Blackies who won for his signature.
It would be a promising move for the teenager as the Austrian club have guaranteed a European Championshipseason after finishing second to Red Bull Salzburg in the top division.
He could be a star in the Europa League this year when Sturm Graz enter qualifying in the play-off stage.
Much like Aberdeen in the coming weeks and Hearts last year, if they lose that tie they will be relegated to the Conference League group stage.
Motherwell will pay a six-figure sumFee if the deal goes through despite the player being out of contract as the North Lanarkshire club owe a development fee.
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