Saturday 16 December 2017

Fenlon: We need Madden sale cash

PAT FENLON admits that Bohemians may be forced to sell Ireland U21 cap Paddy Madden to bring some revenue into the cash-strapped club.

Bohs recently launched a scheme where they appealed to club members and supporters to take out loans to help the club out of their financial problems -- the Gyspies are reportedly needing to raise €300,000 to see out this season.

A friendly against Celtic next Sunday will help bring some money into the coffers and Bhoys boss Neil Lennon has promised to bring first-team members such as Thomas Rogne, Daryl Murphy and Marc Crosas to Dalymount for the match.

Lennon will also use the game to check out the form of striker Madden as Celtic have been tracking the player for some time and are keen to land him, though the player is reportedly unhappy with the personal terms in the first offer made by the Bhoys.

"We have been talking to Celtic over the past number of weeks over Paddy and other players, but there is nothing concrete done," said Fenlon as he prepared his side for tomorrow's much-win game at home to league leaders Shamrock Rovers.

"We want to hold on to Paddy but if money comes in, we need it badly. We need revenue. If someone calls and we get enough money to help out the bigger cause, then we'll do it."

Fenlon knows that after Friday's 0-0 draw at home to Bray Wanderers a win at home to the Hoops is essential tomorrow.

"We've got to win. Any other result will see the end of it for us. If we win, it puts a bit of pressure on people. We've got to do our homework and go and win the game," he added.

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