Monday 18 December 2017

Henderson’s Ipswich link

PORTSMOUTH fear that they could lose highly-rated Irish keeper Stephen Henderson to Ipswich Town.

Even though the main transfer window closed last week, an “emergency” window has now opened up where Championship clubs can sign players on loan, and as financial problems at Popmey have seen the players go unpaid, boss Michael Appleton fears another bid by Ipswich to sign key players like Henderson (pictured), as Ipswich’s deadline day move for the keeper failed.

“You are going to be just as concerned as January with the opening of the loan window,” Appleton said. “I would imagine there are plenty of people having their eye on a few of our players. You would expect that because people know the situation we are in.”

DERRY City are giving a trial to Moldovan prospect Nicolae Milinceanu. The midfleder, who previously had a spell with French side Monaco, lined out for Derry in a friendly win over Finn Harps on Tuesday night.

Shamrock Rovers went down 3-0 to Birmingham City's second string in a friendly game yesterday. The Hoops are in England for a pre-season training camp and arranged a behind-closed-doors game against Birmingham's reserves. The City side included Cian Hughton, son of manager Chris Hughton, who is currently without a club.

Dinny Corcoran scored the winner for Bohemians as they beat Killester United 2-1 in a friendly last night, Keith Ward also on target for the Gypsies who have their first competitive game of the new season next Monday against Portadown in the Setanta Sports Cup.

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