Wednesday 17 January 2018

Warren on flight path to be a Seagull

Warren O'Hora
Warren O'Hora

Premier League side Brighton hope to conclude a deal to sign Bohemians prospect Warren O'Hora this week.

The teenager, who broke into the Gypsies first team last season, has been a target for cross-channel clubs and an initial bid by Norwich City was rejected.

However, the Canaries did keep their eye on the League of Ireland and last week signed UCD prospect Simon Power.

Brighton have kept up their interest in O'Hora and he will become the second Gypsies player to make a cross-channel move this winter, following Fuad Sule's transfer to League Two side Barnet.

Bohs boss Keith Long did not confirm O'Hora's destination but said he expected the Cabra-born player to prosper.

"Warren has done really well at the club," says Long.

"He captained our U17s, captained our U19s and graduated into the first team and made every transition look easy at times.

"If his career development is to be somewhere else, we as a club are happy for him to fulfil his ambitions, if it's full-time football in the UK or wherever," added Long.

The sale of O'Hora and Sule will bring some funds into the coffers at Dalymount Park, but Long does not expect too many more arrivals, having already signed five new players (JJ Lunney, Kevin Devaney, Ryan Swan, Darragh Leahy and Keith Buckley).

"I am reasonably happy with the squad as it stands, what we have been able to recruit and retain," he says.

"I wouldn't say I have a gap in the budget, but I do have a little bit of movement if the right player became available. There might be one or two. I am speaking to one or two lads at the moment about potentially coming in on loan until the end of the season.

We will see, but I am OK with the squad we have. We have a lot of good young players at the club and they will feed into the first team squad as well. Hopefully, we will be in a strong position to compete, but we are always looking for new players."

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