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Gypsies on verge of crucial financial boost with Wolves at door to snap up Doherty

BOHEMIANS may see some slight easing of their financial worries later today as the Gypsies will complete a deal to sell youngster Matt Doherty to English Premier League side Wolves, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Defender Doherty (19) is unfamiliar to Bohs fans as he has yet to play a competitive game for the first team but he caught Mick McCarthy's eye when he played for an under-strength Bohs side against Wolves in a friendly last month and after a successful trial at Molineux, Wolves have agreed to buy the player. He'll be McCarthy's third League of Ireland signing following the earlier purchases of Stephen Ward (Bohs) and Aaron McCarey (Monaghan United).

Doherty was only at Bohs for a short period so the Gypsies will just pocket an estimated €50,000 for the player who previously played for Belvedere and Home Farm, but even that cash will be welcome at Dalymount Park.

"We hope the deal will be signed off on later today and that Matt can go. He was over there yesterday for talks and hopefully the paperwork should be done today," Bohs boss Pat Fenlon told the Herald.

"We have spoken to his schoolboy clubs here in Dublin and they are happy with what we are doing. This is a great opportunity for Matt, sometimes it's not just about making money -- and I know we need money -- but we're not standing in his way. Matt's a very good young player who has a real chance. I know Mick McCarthy is very taken with him, and we wish him the best of luck."