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Crusaders agree fee for McGonigle but face wait to complete deal

 

Wanted man: Jamie McGonigle
Wanted man: Jamie McGonigle

By Graham Luney

Crusaders remain hopeful of signing Jamie McGonigle, even though Coleraine have blocked the move - for now.

Both clubs have agreed a fee for the 23-year-old but the Bannsiders haven't given the switch a green light yet.

McGonigle was granted permission to speak with Crues boss Stephen Baxter and the striker is keen on a move to Seaview.

Crusaders chairman Ronnie Millar said: "We have spoken to the player and met Coleraine's valuation. Now we are awaiting an update from Coleraine."

There has been speculation that Coleraine want a Crues player added to the deal, with Philip Lowry's name mentioned, but the Shore Road side are insisting on a straight money transfer.

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney said: "If the transfer happens, I have an idea of how I would like it to happen.

"I feel Jamie is quite down the line in terms of wanting the move to materialise, but it has to suit Coleraine."

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The former Northern Ireland Under-21 ace's contract is due to expire next year and, since the player is keen on a move, the Bannsiders are likely to allow the deal to go through.

The frontman, who was a key transfer target of the Crues last summer, will be offered a professional deal at Seaview.

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