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Irish pair sign for Bristol City

CHAMPIONSHIP side Bristol City have swooped on the League of Ireland to sign two teenagers -- and have promised to put them straight into the first-team squad at Ashton Gate.

Pat Hoban (Mervue United) and Jimmy Keohane (Wexford Youths), both 19, have swapped life in the bottom half of the League of Ireland First Division for a chance at full-time football in England.

"Both of them will join in with the first-team squad, they're both too old for the Academy," said Keith Millen, who has just taken over as manager following the shock resignation of Steve Coppell.

"The pair are exciting prospects, who are just happy playing football. They have been a breath of fresh air since they arrived.

"We've got to work on their fitness a bit but it's great to have them finally signed up and on board."

Keohane has scored four goals for Wexford this season and has already been capped at U19 level, while Hoban has made 11 appearances for Galway club Mervue.



Coventry slam Westwood bid

COVENTRY CITY have knocked back what they called a derisory offer from Scottish Premier League title hopefuls Celtic for Ireland keeper Keiren Westwood.

The Bhoys recently made a bid, said to be £500,000 for the keeper, who has been capped five times at senior level and is regarded as one of the best keepers outside the top flight in England.

"They made an offer about three weeks ago and Kieren knows all about it. It's £3.50 and a bag of haggis, which is nowhere near enough for a player of that quality," said Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd..

"The offer is not really worth talking about because it's derisory and derogatory."

-AIDAN FITZMAURICE