Hearts have had an approach for Motherwell manager Mark McGhee turned down.

The Edinburgh club made their move following the end of the Scottish Premier League season, in which McGhee steered Motherwell to third place and UEFA Cup qualification in his first year at Fir Park.

Hearts, who finished in eighth place, had sought permission to speak to the highly-rated manager about taking over at Tynescastle but their move was flatly rejected by the 'Well board.