Wednesday 22 November 2017

Bolton eye up Irish U-21 cap White

BOLTON WANDERERS could spend some of their cash windfall from the sale of Gary Cahill on Ireland U21 cap Aidan White.

The midfielder, who has scored once in his five games for the Republic's U21 side, has been in impressive form with Leeds United this season with 26 appearances, and the player has been on the radar of Bolton boss Owen Coyle for some time.

White played for England at youth level but as he has an Irish grandmother, he opted to declare for the Republic, making his debut against Austria last August.

Paterson poised for St Johnstone

FORMER Shamrock Rovers man Jim Paterson could be on his way back to the SPL with St Johnstone.

The Scottish defender joined Rovers midway through last season and helped the club retain their Premier Division title and he also appeared in their Europa League group stage games, but he appears to be on his way out of Tallaght Stadium.

"Jim has a wealth of experience. He was left in limbo after Plymouth, but Michael O'Neill has given me good reports on his spell with Shamrock Rovers," said St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas.

"He is a good lad and a seasoned pro. We have to assess the budget and where we stand, but Jim is versatile and that can be a huge asset with a squad our size."

Ipswich eager to retain Murray

CHAMPIONSHIP side Ipswich Town have rejected a bid from Swindon Town for Ireland U21 cap Ronan Murray and have offered the Mayo lad a new contract.

The 20-year-old striker has enjoyed a successful loan spell with League Two side Swindon and Robins boss Paolo di Canio reportedly lodged a £100,000 bid. But Ipswich want to keep Murray at Portman Road and now are keen for him to sign a new deal as his current contract expires in the summer.

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