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Motherwell net £200,000 as defender Ben Hall heads for Brighton

The 19-year-old centre half has made the move from Fir Park to the English Championship.

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Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Ben Hall from Motherwell, paying over £200,000 in training compensation for the teenager.

The 19-year-old defender will join the English Championship club's under 21 ranks, signing a two-year deal with the Seagulls.

Hall was trained by Motherwell since joining in the summer of 2013. As Brighton are classed a category I club Motherwell will receive €90,000 for each of the years trained with them. At today's conversation rate that works out at around £214,000 in compensation.

STV understands the Fir Park club offered Hall a three-year deal, but made the decision to make the move down south instead.

"Ben broke into the first team in December," chief operating officer Alan Burrows told STV. "It looked obvious he was a player likely to develop. Early on after his debut we opened negotiations with his agent, but as negotiations went on it became clear others were interested.

"When a club like Brighton comes along it's very difficult for any Scottish club to hold on to their player.

"We are well into looking at a potential replacement for him and we hope have a deal in place in the not too distant future"

Hall made 19 first-team appearances for Motherwell last season, breaking into the fold following the appointment of Mark McGhee as manager.

"We are obviously disappointed Ben has chosen Brighton, but this is further vindication of our policy at the club of developing young talent and should give hope to the youngsters currently at the club and in the academy," McGhee said.

"We have been in discussions with Ben for the best part of five months, however, we have always been conscious that this may happen and as such, have been working on a replacement, which we hope to announce soon.

"Ben has done well, and we wish him well in the English Championship, but his departure provides an opportunity for someone else to hopefully make a similar sort of impact."

Motherwell also made around £500,000 in training compensation from striker Lee Erwin's move to Leeds United last summer. 

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