Thursday 21 November 2019

Bolger signs for Cardiff

Hoops also predict Furlong will leave as Bohs refuse a 'derisory' offer for Lyons

Shamrock Rovers’ Aaron Bolger signed for Cardiff City. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Shamrock Rovers’ Aaron Bolger signed for Cardiff City. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers have completed the transfer of midfielder Aaron Bolger to Championship side Cardiff City

And the Hoops predict there will be offers for U17 cap James Furlong, previously linked with a move to Fulham.

"I'd expect someone to come in alright because there has been so much interest and so many phone calls, but where that goes I'm not so sure," says Rovers boss Stephen Bradley of Bolger, his club last night confirming that Bolger (19) had completed his move to Cardiff after a spell on loan.

"There is a lot of interest in James but nothing serious yet. He showed maturity beyond his years. He has played men's football. I still think there is loads to learn but he's a good kid and he has half a chance if he keeps working hard."

Bohemians will today formally reject a "derisory" bid for Ireland U19 cap Andy Lyons from League One side Wimbledon.

Gypsies boss Keith Long has told any foreign clubs who are keen to sign his highly-rated youngsters that they need to be "realistic" when it comes to making offers.

Ireland U19 striker Ali Reghba has confirmed his exit from Bohs ahead of a possible move to Leicester City, but the Phibsboro club know that other players will be in demand, with keeper James Talbot's profile increased by his spell in the senior Ireland squad last month and ex-Brighton play Danny Mandroiu also earning rave reviews.

League One side Wimbledon already have links with this country as they have Irish players Shane McLoughlin and Dylan Connolly on the books and they have been alerted to Bohs defender Lyons.

They made an offer, an initial bid of just £15,000, which was later increased, for the teenager but that will be dismissed by the club's board today.

"There is plenty of interest in Andy, and some of the other players at this club, but clubs in England or anywhere else need to be realistic if they want to sign any of our players," says Bohs manager Keith Long.

"And for an offer to be considered it would have to be relative to the value that we have on the player. Andy is a current U19 international, he is in our first team and we rate him very highly.

"We are realistic as a club and we would never hold back a player from advancing his career, but any offer would have to be reasonable."

Kildare native Lyons has just finished his Leaving Cert and is due to travel to Armenia next week with the Ireland U19 side for the European Championship finals.

"As a player the dream is to get to England, I would like to get to England at some stage but I just want to do well for Bohs," Lyons told The Herald last month.

Meanwhile, UCD defender Liam Scales will this week reject the chance to join Manchester City's development squad and sign a deal with Bristol Rovers.

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