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Top dogs Linfield close to landing McHugh

Published 02/01/2009

Linfield are closing in on their first signing of 2009 after starting the New Year by going top of the Irish FA Premiership.

Manager David Jeffrey was locked in talks with Derry City striker Kevin McHugh after the player had watched the Blues beat Ballymena United 1-0 to move ahead in the title race, thanks to Steven Douglas’ 57th minute winner.

While Jeffrey held discussions with McHugh — who will turn 29 later this month — assistant manager Brian McLaughlin said: “This is the first time Kevin has been down here.

“I don’t think he will sign straight away because we’ve never signed a player on one visit.

“Talks have taken place chairman to chairman and manager to manager, Kevin is under contract so there might be a fee involved.

“We need competition in the forward areas and against Ballymena we ended up with a teenage striker who hasn’t played in six weeks up front on his own in the second half.”

McLaughlin also revealed that Linfield’s interest in Lisburn Distillery striker Gary Browne has come to an end.

Meanwhile Ballymena boss Roy Walker is awaiting a response from Distillery’s Paul Muir after having talks about a move.

Belfast Telegraph

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