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David Healy optimistic about early signings in January as Linfield prepare to strengthen

David Healy
David Healy

Linfield boss David Healy says he's hoping to have some new signings on show when his side begin their Irish Cup campaign in the new year.

The Blues are set to travel to Queen's University in the fifth round on January 4, when Jamie Mulgrew will go up against younger brother Ben.

The Linfield skipper, however, could have a few less familiar faces on his own team, as Healy is optimistic about his chances of having 'three or four' fresh recruits at his disposal.

Of course, Northern Ireland Under 21 international Kyle McClean and former Shamrock Rovers right-back Ethan Boyle have already agreed to move to the club in the January window, but the boss isn't intending to stop there.

"We want to bring in numerous other players," he said.

"We are always looking to improve the squad, like every other manager. And I am certainly no different.

"It is always about getting the right player to improve your squad.

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"Sometimes it is a catch 22 situation, especially in January. Who do you bring in? And where do you get them from?

"We have had numerous conversations and seen countless players since the last transfer window to have a good idea on who we might want to bring in."

The Blues hit the top of the table on Saturday but fifth placed Glentoran are only five points behind, with Coleraine, Crusaders and Cliftonville in between.

"I think the transfer window will be busy throughout the league," says Healy, predicting a hectic January window.

"There are four or five teams up there fighting at the top, and that's not discounting Larne who are also there.

"But there are probably four or five teams down to Glentoran who will feel they could challenge, if they can improve their squad with one or two players."

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