COVENTRY CITY will agree a deal with Ireland keeper Joe Murphy over the next 24 hours.
The Championship side are on the hunt for a new keeper following Keiren Westwood's move to Premier League side Sunderland last week and they are now close to finalizing a deal with Dubliner Murphy, who is leaving Scunthorpe United on a free transfer.
Scunthorpe want to keep hold of Murphy but, following their relegation to League One, Murphy wants to stay in the Championship and is keen on a move to City.
Coventry's players report back for pre-season training tomorrow and manager Andy Thorn hopes to have the deal done before the squad head for a training camp in Portugal early next week.
Meanwhile Preston North End insist they won't rushed into selling Ireland defender Sean St Ledger.
Preston admit they need to sell players to cut costs as a consequence of relegation from the Championship and while clubs like Leicester City and Leeds United have been linked with St Ledger, no one has yet matched the club's valuation of the player.
"With regards Sean, there's a lot of speculation and paper talk about him," says Preston boss Phil Brown.
"There have been bids put on the table for him, but nothing substantial enough yet to whet the whistle of the owner. We're going to take our time and give bids a lot of thought."
McChrystal's Tranmere deal
FoRmer Derry City man Mark McChrystal has signed a new contract with Tranmere Rovers.
"I really like it at Tranmere and settled in quickly back in January so I'm happy to be staying for longer. The manager gave me a good opportunity when he brought me over from Derry and I'm glad to be able to repay him by extending my contract," said the 27-year-old.
- AIDAN FITZMAURICE