Derry miss target in late bid to net McDaid
Derry City have failed with a late bid to sign Cliftonville striker David McDaid. The League of Ireland transfer window slammed shut at midnight and although Candystripes boss Kenny Shiels lodged a offer for the player he was unable to bring the 25-year-old back to the Brandywell for a third time.
It is understood that Derry's offer was in the region of £10,000, but Cliftonville weren't willing to let McDaid go for that amount despite paying a similar figure when they signed him from Coleraine in August 2014.
Shiels had been keen to add to his striking options ahead of the new season, but will now have to scour the market for free agents as he can't bring in players from another club until the summer window opens in July.
McDaid was previously with Derry from 2008 to 2012 and he returned after a short spell at York City before joining Coleraine in January 2014, where he spent just seven months.
Shiels has already brought Rory Patterson back to the club after a spell in Australia, with a move to FC United of Manchester being cut short.
Meanwhile Shiels will bring his Derry City team to The Oval tonight for a pre-season friendly against Glentoran. Admission is £5.
e CARRICK Rangers have been forced to move a fourth successive home game to Seaview due to ongoing problems with their Taylors Avenue pitch. Their match with Dungannon Swifts on Tuesday March 1 will be played at Crusaders' home.