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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Ireland pair seeking ‘window’ moves

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI will be watching and waiting for news of two of his key men during the opening days of the transfer window. Sean St Ledger and Keith Andrews are both desperately seeking new clubs.

St Ledger has been shown the door by Leicester boss Nigel Pearson who didn't mince his words when he revealed that he had placed Trapattoni's first choice centre-back on the transfer list.

“St Ledger has also been put on the transfer list. In an ideal world I would like to get things done quickly but it is not as easy as people expect,” said Pearson.

Word from Glasgow late last week suggested that St Ledger was a target for Neil Lennon and Pearson's decision will make that process a formality if the Celtic boss follows through.

Andrews’ circumstances are similar after Steve Kean all but ended his Blackburn career, bowed to the Ewood Park boo boys and allowed the Irish midfielder to move to Ipswich on loan.

Premier League interest centres around Aston Villa and Everton but Andrews would be happy to stay at Ispwich if a deal can be sorted out on salary.

“In an ideal world everyone would love me but we don't live in an ideal world and I know people don't like me,” claimed Andrews when queried about his position at Ewood Park.

“But to have got to where I am today, I've had to have a lot of mental strength so it doesn't bother me. The stick I was getting from fans was never an issue for me. I didn't care.”

Andrews will waste no time in seeking a permanent move although there is some speculation that his wage demands may be a bit too rich for both Villa and Everton.

“It's best for both parties that I move on. The most important thing for me is that I'm wanted.

“It's not all about the Premier League for me. It's refreshing to go to a club and be wanted,” the Dubliner said.

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