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'I wouldn't take Windsor Park for Robbie McDaid': Glentoran boss issues hands off warning to Linfield



Robbie McDaid

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Robbie McDaid

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott has issued a hands-off warning to Linfield over Robbie McDaid, insisting not even the offer of Windsor Park could net the striker.

It's understood the Blues are admirers of the 23-year-old but the Oval supremo says they can forget about making any move.

In November last year, McDaid and Cameron Stewart agreed contract extensions, with McDermott stating: "I know that both Robbie and Cameron have been attracting strong interest from clubs currently above us in the table."

Amid fresh speculation surrounding Linfield's interest in the former Leeds United youngster, whose father John played for the Glens, McDermott is hungry to kill off any interest.

"Linfield can give me Windsor Park and they won't get Robbie McDaid," he said.

"Robbie McDaid is a massive player for Glentoran Football Club.

"We love him and he loves us and Robbie is going nowhere."

McDermott is more focused on strengthening his panel this month and he has already signed striker Andy Mitchell and defender Caolan Marron from Glenavon, while defender Keith Cowan has arrived at The Oval from Finn Harps.

But the club are still prepared to table big money offers as they proved this week with £60,000 bids for Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley and Ballymena United frontman Adam Lecky.

The Reds knocked back the Gormley bid, while the Glens have been waiting on an official response from United regarding Lecky. The Glens would break the Irish League transfer record of £55,000, paid by Linfield for Glenn Ferguson in 1998, if the Sky Blues accept the offer.

“We are always looking because there are players who can improve our squad and if they are available you need to be ready to pull the trigger,” said McDermott.

“Days in football can be like weeks and months. People in this game know decisions have to be made within hours and you always need to be ready.

“It’s a transfer window and you need to be ready. Am I happy with my squad? Yes. Am I satisfied? I think in football if you are satisfied you will end up going backwards. It doesn’t matter what club a player is at, it’s about talent and if we believe a player can move this project forward we have to be ready to try to sign them,” he added.

“In Joe Gormley and Adam Lecky, you are talking about two of the best strikers in the league and we are entitled as a club to make an offer. Clubs are allowed to do that and that’s how this business works.”

Larne, meanwhile, have brought in midfielder Andrew Mitchell from Premiership champions Linfield on a three-year deal. The Inver Park side are also keen to sign Glentoran ace John Herron this month.

Elsewhere, Derry City have added Norwegian forward Tim Nilsen to their squad as they prepare for the start of the Premier Division next month.

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