Belfast Telegraph

Glenavon join Glentoran and Linfield in hunt for Carson

By Stuart McKinley

Glentoran are facing competition from their Big Two rivals Linfield in the battle to sign Stephen Carson.

And Marty Quinn, the man who signed the winger for Coleraine seven years ago, is also hoping to swoop for the once-capped Northern Ireland international.

It is understood that the Glens, the Blues and Quinn’s Glenavon have all written to Coleraine to inform the Bannsiders that they intend to speak to the player.

They are entitled to make an approach with Carson’s current contract at Coleraine is in its final weeks.

Although manager Oran Kearney has revealed that he will open negotiations with Carson on a new deal next week, his battle to keep the club’s star man might be a losing one.

And Kearney, who is only two months into the job at the Showgrounds, is facing the prospect of having his squad break up in front of him.

Glentoran are also keen on taking Darren Boyce back to the Oval. He previously joined the Glens in January 2008, but returned to Coleraine after failing to secure a regular starting place.

It is believed that talks have already taken place with Boyce and a pre-contract may have already been signed.

Kearney is already resigned to losing defender-cum-striker Marc Mukendi.

He is due to leave for Australia in the summer, leaving another whole the manager has to plug.

Leon Knight’s future at the club is far from certain also, despite the player signing a contract until the summer of 2012.

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