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O'Kane on a mission at Cherries

HIGHLY RATED Ireland U21 star Eunan O'Kane has completed his move to League One side Bournemouth.

The Derry-born former Everton man, who declared for the Republic of Ireland earlier this year after a spell with Northern Ireland's underage sides, had been in demand after a good season with League Two side Torquay United and now the Cherries have won the race to sign the midfielder. "I'm ready for a new challenge here and I'm hoping it's a successful journey," he says. "Every footballer wants to play at the highest level and hopefully we can challenge for the play-offs this year."



Caley sign up Pepper

IRISH youngster Conor Pepper has secured a pro contract with SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle after a successful trial.

"Conor has put pen to paper after showing up very promisingly in pre-season matches," said Caley boss Terry Butcher of Pepper, who had been with St Patrick's Athletic after leaving QPR.

"He plays in the centre of midfield and has real potential.

"Conor joins our first team squad where he can be an asset as he's a lively performer."



CSKA sack 9 players!

CSKA Sofia have sacked nine players after being knocked out of the Europa League's second qualifying round on Thursday, the Bulgarian club said.

Team captain Todor Yanchev was moved to the coaching staff in the clearout, which the club said was made because of lack of effort and unprofessionalism.

Algeria keeper Rais M'Bolhi,, Cape Verde defender Nilson and experienced Bulgaria midfielder Hristo Yanev were among those who were fired.

CSKA were lambasted by the local media after they were beaten over two legs by Slovenia's Mura 05 on the away goals rule.

CSKA, the most successful Bulgarian club with 31 league trophies, reached semi-finals in Europe three times between 1967 and 1989 but have struggled to revive their former glory in recent years and have not won the domestic title since 2008.