Gerry Flynn hasn’t given up hope of signing Crusaders winger Martin Donnelly.
The Newry City boss has agreed a fee with the Crues for the player, but Donnelly himself has stalled on the move.
Flynn, however, is still working to have the 22-year-old in a Newry City shirt before the January transfer window slams shut on Monday.
“We haven’t managed to sign Martin Donnelly yet, but we are working to try to get a loan deal sorted out,” revealed Flynn.
“Crusaders told us the price that they wanted for the player, we offered that and they were going to accept the fee, but he didn’t want to come.
“A loan deal might suit everyone. If Crusaders say they are going to put him in the reserves then we can give him first-team football and it would also get him off their wage bill.”
Flynn expects to sign Loughgall defender Neil Alderdice in time to face Portadown tomorrow.
“Neil Alderdice is quick and we lack a bit of pace at the back,” said Flynn.
“Our squad is a bit weak in the defensive area, so he will help give us a bit of strength in depth there as well.”
Newry are currently just one point better off than bottom placed Donegal Celtic, but relegation isn’t in Flynn’s thinking.
“We play Portadown on Saturday and then we’ve Dungannon soon, so we have games where we can make up ground on the teams above us,” he said.