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Cardiff edge closer to deal for Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte

 

Gavin Whyte
Gavin Whyte

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland international Gavin Whyte is closing in on a move to Championship side Cardiff City.

The Belfast man looks set to leave Oxford United if personal terms can be finalised.

Nottingham Forest were interested in signing Whyte earlier this summer but City have jumped to the top of the queue.

A £1.5m bid got the ball rolling and the Welsh side are now hopeful that they have met United's valuation for the talented winger.

Whyte scored nine goals for United last season and has won five Northern Ireland caps, scoring with his first touch on his international debut last September.

His former club Crusaders will also benefit from the transfer through a significant sell-on clause.

The 23-year-old, who won the George Best Breakthrough Award at the 2018 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, netted 23 goals for the Shore Road men in his final season in the Irish Premiership and also lifted both the Ulster and NIFWA Player of the Year prizes.

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Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Under-21 international Rory Holden has joined Walsall on loan from Bristol City.

And Hull City have signed defender Sean McLoughlin from Cork City for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

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