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Rams to consider bid for Galway's striker Manning

DERBY County are the latest club to show an interest in Airtricity League talent as the Rams are eager to take Galway United man Ryan Manning on trial.

And some cross-over between Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic is on the way as the Hoops are closing in on a deal to sign Keith Fahey (inset) - if the former Birmingham City man does not move cross-channel - while Jason McGuinness is expected to leave Tallaght Stadium and move to St Pats.

The highly-rated Manning is one of only four home-based players in Paul Doolin's U19 squad for their European Championship qualifiers in the coming days, the first test against Malta in Waterford on Thursday.

Manning was a vital figure for Galway FC - who will be renamed Galway United for 2015 - as they won promotion to the top flight, Manning scoring two goals in their 5-1 aggregate win over UCD in a promotion/relegation playoff, and boss Tommy Dunne had hoped to keep the teenager on board for next season.

But Derby, who have a strong scouting network in Ireland which has helped them sign players like Jeff Hendrick, have been alerted to the forward and want to take him on trial next week.

Fahey could also be on his way to England as the midfielder, who helped St Patrick's Athletic win the FAI Cup last week, appears to be on his way out of Richmond Park. Shamrock Rovers are leading the queue to sign the 31-year-old if a proposed return to England does not come off but it's thought that Fahey has already agreed to leave the Saints.

Rovers are rebuilding for next term after a disappointing season in 2014 and a number of exits are expected.

There could be some good news for Hoops fans as long-serving winger Gary McCabe, who had been strongly linked with a move to St Pats, has reportedly agreed to sign a new deal. Ryan Brennan, previously the focus of cross-channel interest, is also likely to stay on.

Karl Sheppard has already left the Hoops after he agreed a switch to Cork City.


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