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Irish quartet hoping for last-minute lifelines

DEADLINE day madness is in the air and there could yet be a happy ending to the January transfer window for Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady.

Reports that Celtic received a fourth offer for Gary Hooper put Kevin Doyle on red alert amid speculation that he will be the fallback should Norwich take it to the wire.

McGeady's on/off move to Wigan grew new legs over night with Roberto Martinez still in the hunt. Long has been linked with Everton and Sunderland in recent weeks while McCarthy could be the deadline day dark horse with Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers mulling over a late bid.

Nottingham Forest today had a bid for Wolves' Irish defender Stephen Ward accepted but the deal may not go through due to personal terms.