Tim Clancy is expected to sign for Hibernian after rejecting a new two-year contract at Motherwell, which could have seen him play UEFA Champions League football.
The defender has been made a 'priority signing' by Hibs boss Pat Fenlon, who is aiming to rebuild his squad after releasing five players.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall understands the former Kilmarnock player's decision, admitting they cannot compete financially.
He told the Scottish Daily Express: "Tim Clancy has told me he will be moving on. He has been offered a far better deal from elsewhere.
"If it were £100-a-week I think he would have stayed because he has enjoyed himself but if he can substantially increase his money then I don't blame the lad at all."
Central midfield pair Keith Lasley and Steve Jennings are also still considering new deals and McCall is frustrated at the prospect of losing important members of his squad.
He continued: "Everybody has enjoyed themselves but I know there is also the financial side of things and we have had to cut £200,000 off our budget, which is £4,000-a-week.
"People can get a lot more elsewhere and they are going to have to look after themselves."