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Linfield are closing in on capture of Stephen Lowry

By Graham Luney

Linfield's summer transfer business is set to continue with the imminent arrival of Coleraine midfielder Stephen Lowry.

Talks between the Blues and Bannsiders are at an advanced stage with a transfer fee close to being agreed.

Lowry (27), who will team up with brother Philip at Windsor Park, has two years left on his Coleraine contract to run, forcing Blues boss David Jeffrey to dip into his transfer funds.

Another Coleraine player expected to move to Linfield is defender Kyle McVey as his contract has expired.

But there is a crumb of comfort for Coleraine fans as Linfield's bid for central defender Howard Beverland falls considerably short of the club's valuation so that deal is no longer on the cards.

Linfield's interest in the Coleraine trio is a significant blow to boss Oran Kearney who is planning for the future without striker Curtis Allen, who could move to either Crusaders or Glentoran.

• GLENTORAN defender Sean Ward last night handed in a transfer request, which is sure to interest several clubs including Linfield. Ward played in the Glens' Irish Cup win last week.

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