Belfast Telegraph

Feeney still looking to bolster Blues

By Stuart McKinley

Linfield manager Warren Feeney will try to push through a deal for at least one new player before the start of the new Danske Bank Premiership season on Saturday.

Feeney is hot on the trail of Warrenpoint Town striker Daniel Hughes and the Blues boss also maintains a strong interest in Ballymena United's talented forward David Cushley.

Linfield have had bids for both players knocked back - the most recent being an offer for Hughes - but that won't stop Feeney from doing all he can to bolster his squad before facing Ballymena United at Windsor Park on Saturday.

"We had an offer in for a player, which we were hoping would be accepted," said Feeney.

"Also we are looking at one or two other ones that maybe there could be a bit of movement on this week.

"Yes, we are definitely trying to bring in players because I think we're not far away.

"I want to bring in that quality, so it's just sitting waiting for that phone call and hopefully it will be good news."

Hughes hit 17 league goals last season as 'Point survived in the Premiership thanks to a Play-off win over Bangor.

Linfield previously made a move for him back in January, but he stayed at Milltown in the hope that he may get his big break with Bolton Wanderers after going on trial.

When that didn't come off Hughes signed a new two-year contract with Warrenpoint in May, but that hasn't put off the Blues.

There is a possibility that Feeney will continue to pursue both Cushley and Hughes, but any move for the Ballymena man is unlikely to be allowed to go through before Saturday.

Former Scotland international striker Craig Beattie, who guested for the Blues in a friendly last month, is no longer on Feeney's radar as he has since signed for Stirling Albion.

Feeney also remains hopeful that he can land Portadown striker Darren Murray and he is ready to do battle with Cliftonville for the player.

Ports boss Ronnie McFall has been adamant that Murray is not for sale since he lodged a transfer request in June.

Murray could move within the next few days if the Ports receive an acceptable offer.

Definitely leaving Shamrock Park is former Northern Ireland under-19 international Paul McElroy.

The 21-year-old winger, who moved from Linfield to Portadown in January, has signed for Dungannon Swifts after failing to win a first-team place with the Ports.

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