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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Canaries swoop for Gypsies' Warren

Bohemians’ Warren O’Hora. Pic: Sportsfile
Bohemians’ Warren O’Hora. Pic: Sportsfile

Bohemians are in talks with Championship side Norwich City about a deal for highly-rated defender Warren O'Hora.

The Ireland U19 international broke into the team at Dalymount Park last season, making his league debut in a derby win over St Patrick's Athletic and he went on to make 11 league appearances while he also impressed for the Ireland U19 side.

That form has sparked cross-channel interest and Norwich have made a bid for the Cabra lad. "An offer has been made and negotiations are ongoing," said a Bohemians source.

Cabra lad O'Hora began his career with local side Dingle United, then played for Ashbourne and St Kevin's Boys before a successful move to the Bohs U17s. "Keith Long took me under his wing," he said.

"I was a Bohs fan as a kid, so it meant the world to me to come and play for the side at Dalymount in a league game."

O'Hora was previously a trialist with Reading and Bohs will now assess Norwich's offer, with reports of interest from at least one Premier League club.

The Gypsies had established a track record for selling on players as ex-Bohs men Stephen Ward and Paddy Madden were capped at senior level while Matt Doherty has been in the Ireland squad.

Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers could face up to Jim McGuinness' club in pre-season next year. The Hoops have been asked to take part in the Atlantic Cup, a friendly tournament held in Portugal next month.

Rovers will play three games over 10 days, possible opponents including Aarhus, Hammarby, Norrkoping, Czech side Jablonec and Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan, where ex-Donegal boss McGuinness is assistant manager.

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