"I've known of Paddy for years and we tried to sign him when he moved to Celtic a few years ago. He is a very good player who has outstanding ability on the ball and great balance. He can play in a number of different positions," says Ferguson.
"We took the chance to get him on board for a few days and he definitely suits the way we want to play. We'll talk again during the rest of the weekend and see where it takes us. He has other offers but he has made it clear he wants to come here."
SOUTHEND FANCY CLIFFORD
LEAGUE TWO side Southend United are interested in Ireland U21 cap Conor Clifford.
Released by Chelsea midway through last season, Clifford spent time with Leicester City and has also been on trial with a number of clubs but Southend boss Phil Brown has asked Clifford, as well as former Shamrock Rovers man Don Cowan, to join the club's pre-season tour of Spain on trial. "Conor is a good footballer who for the last couple of years has been looking for a home. He's been with Chelsea and is the sort of midfielder I'm looking for at the moment – someone who will rough it up a bit when we need to," said Brown.
MICK EYES HENDERSON
MICK McCARTHY (left) is close to offering a deal to Ireland U21 cap Conor Henderson.
Midfielder Henderson is looking for a new club after he was released by Arsenal at the end of last season and the 21-year-old has impressed McCarthy while on trial at Ipswich Town. McCarthy has already brought two Irish players to Portman Road this season, signing Daryl Murphy from Celtic on a permanent deal after a loan spell and also snapping up Waterford United prospect Jack Doherty.
COLLINS SET FOR TERRIERS
FORMER Ireland U21 striker James Collins is being lined up for a £200,000 move from Swindon Town to Huddersfield Town.
The ex-Aston Villa man impressed at Swindon last season and now Huddersfield want Collins on board for their Championship campaign next season.
– AIDAN FITZMAURICE